by Dre McClendon
After dropping their first game 31-24 to their division rival the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Atlanta Falcons were looking to get on track as they traveled to California to take on the Oakland Raiders. Let’s recap all the action that happened on the field:
Offense- After a disappointing showing in the run game. It was a significant improvement this game as the Falcons gained 139 yards on the ground. Devonta Freeman had 17 carries for 93 yards, while Tevin Coleman had 12 carries for 46 yards and a touchdown. Matt Ryan continued his stellar play, completing 26 of 34 passes for 396 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Julio Jones (5 receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown) and Jacob Tamme (5 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdowns) were among the leading receivers for the Falcons passing attack.
Defense: The Falcons defensive struggles continued. While Vic Beasley recorded his first sack of the season, the pass rush was once again non existent. Sloppy tackling, bad angles, and penalties continue to plague the defense. This defense must improve in order for the Falcons to be considered playoff contenders.
Summary: Falcons defeated the Raiders by a score of 35-28. Up next, a Monday Night Showdown in New Orleans against their heated division rival the New Orleans Saints.