ATLANTA – The Buffalo Bills 23-17 defeat of the Atlanta Falcons provided additional ammunition for the national media that the Falcons really should not have been considered near the top of the inane, weekly power rankings. For the Bills, they have proven that they are not the same old team that is incapable of being competitive.
Atlanta entered into the contest donning a variation of the Too Legit to Quit Falcons gear and was favored to win despite competing against the Bills’ highly touted defense. The game did not follow the script early as the high-flying Falcons were unable to score a single point in the first quarter. Nevertheless, Atlanta managed to take a slim 10-7 advantage into halftime following another strong run by running back Devonta Freeman.
The Falcons found themselves involved in another controversial call by the officials in consecutive weeks. Approximately four minutes into the third quarter, Atlanta’s quarterback Matt Ryan was just about to enter into his throwing motion deep behind the line of scrimmage as his right arm was hit. Ryan attempted to regain control of the football as it appeared to accelerate forward about ten plus yards downfield like a shot put, which was ruled by the officials as a fumble as Bills’ Tre’Davious White on the qui vive recovered the ball for a 52-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
While some local fans thought the fumble return for a TD was a cruel fate in the fortunes of the Falcons on that afternoon, Atlanta should not place too much emphasis on calls or no calls because they had ample opportunities to win the game outright. Things do not always go your way in athletics. Therefore, a team must be able to rise above circumstances no matter how arduous; you win some and lose some.
Of course, the Atlanta Falcons’ offense had to undergo some adjustments for half of the contest because wide receivers Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu Sr. were out due to injuries incurred by both. Ryan and the rest of the receiving corps were out of synchronization enough to be partially responsible for more interceptions. Unfortunately, running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman combined for 137 rushing yards but still found themselves not being called upon in seminal moments.
The truth of the matter is the fact that the Buffalo Bills placed Atlanta’s defense in an imponderable predicament. Since running backs LeSean McCoy and Mike Tolbert have the running styles and abilities akin to Joe Cribbs and Thurman Thomas of old passim, elusive quarterback Tyrod Taylor operated the play action pass adroitly by roaming so well that the Falcons were incapable of halting the run game or preventing the secondary from covering receivers for over three days duration.
In reality, the Atlanta Falcons’ situation is no different than it was when the season commenced. The defense remains a work in progress that must become more proficient in subsequent games as the offensive brethren may face defensive units that will preclude them from amassing leads like they hope, especially if receivers Jones and Sanu Sr. may require convalescing injuries for multiple contests. Well, the fortuitousness of Atlanta about to enter into the bye week is a blessing because they need to rest and refocus in sodality.