There was a period late in the game where it looked like Atlanta could maybe pull off the upset of the defending champs. Alas, the offense collapsed and Matt Ryan had two incredibly fluky pick sixes that sent the Falcons to 0-2.
However, the team did show some fight and several players had good games overall in spite of the loss, which qualifies as progress. Here are our candidates for this week’s MVP.
While his success on the ground is sometimes mixed, his use as an overall weapon cannot be overstated. He brought home 2 touchdowns on the day and caught 5 passes for 58 yards on 6 targets. It really looks like Arthur Smith is finding a way to maximize his productivity and he’s turned into such a great weapon for this team early on.
If this defense is going to be decent in the long run, we’re going to need a good starting corner. Terrell looks like he’s turning into that guy. He had two massive pass breakups in the game that probably prevented touchdowns in the process. His athleticism and length gives him an edge on these plays and he showcased it on Sunday. If he keeps playing like this, QBs will just stop throwing in his direction.
Debo showed that he can be such an effective blitzer, picking up a sack of Brady that shutdown one of their early offensive drives. His coverage was already great, but seeing him used like this is a nice way to take full advantage of his incredible athleticism.
Don’t look now, but Pitts is beginning to get into stride. The rookie caught 5 passes for 73 yards including an absolutely incredible catch that was slightly behind him. More importantly, Pitts has showed that once the ball is in his hands, he is incredible at picking up yards. Once he truly finds his footing in the league, he’s going to be so dangerous.
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