Only an Atlanta team would find a way to lose like that.
There are no moral victories in the NFL. A loss is a loss, and one like this will leave a bad taste in the mouth of fans, coaches and players. That said, when you’re a team rebuilding for the future, the progress you make in key areas matters, and Atlanta may be making progress even as they fail to close out games like this.
I was joined by Evan Birchfield and Cory Woodroof to talk about the stats and implications of this game. It was a mix of positive and dour and is probably reflective of where many fans are at. Topics discussed include:
- Where the Atlanta defense is right now and why it simply can’t be trusted to close out games
- The injury to Isaiah Oliver and why it had a bigger impact than many think
- The lack of a pass rush past Grady Jarrett and Dante Fowler and why this must be fixed over the next year or two
- The numerous dropped interceptions that could have turned this game
- The progress of the offensive line and why it should be seen as a sign of progress for this offensive unit
- The rough play of Calvin Ridley and why he must do better going forward
- The improved play calling and the simultaneous disaster that was the final few minutes
- So much more
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