Falcons lose key NFC matchup to Eagles after defense allows 31 points

By Dan Parzych

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Brian VanGorder’s defense had looked phenomenal over the first five games of the season as the Atlanta Falcons have allowed just 14 points per game against their opponents. Unfortunately, the defense had no answers during their 31-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

DeSean Jackson—who left in the second quarter with a severe concussion—managed two first quarter touchdowns and Kevin Kolb threw for over 300 yards as the Eagles had their way with the Falcons’ defenders early on and never looked back. It was the third time in five career starts Kolb managed to cross the 300-yard mark. They even surrendered an 83-yard touchdown pass after Kolb faked a handoff and end around to find Jeremy Maclin—who finished with seven receptions for 159 yards—open down the sideline.

Atlanta’s defense has been under the radar in 2010 and wasn’t receiving the type of recognition they deserved. After Sunday’s loss to Philadelphia, it appears this defense may still have some work to do before they are truly considered as dangerous as many expected them to be.

Dan Parzych is the Lead NFL Content Editor for RantSports.com/NFL,  where he writes and edits NFL content for RantSports.com.

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