The high-flying Falcons were halted as their division rivals New Orleans Saints won an emotional game with their coach Sean Payton back in action for the first time after being suspended for a year. With the banged-up Falcons sent home after failing to score on the Saints’ three-yard line, the Dirty Birds will be looking to be much more efficient on both sides of the ball against their next opponent, the St. Louis Rams.
Other than the two costly turnovers, Matt Ryan was simply on fire with his execution as he ended up with 304 yards passing while tossing in two scores. Besides Ryan, the Falcons displayed their potential in becoming one of the league’s most feared teams offensively. In the end, however, it was their offensive line that failed to keep up with the high-scoring Falcons team as they repeatedly allowed Saints defenders to pressure Ryan.
With the Falcons still looking for their first win, the Rams are coming into the Georgia Dome winning their first game in dramatic fashion and showed people something they haven’t seen in St. Louis for a long time. As Sam Bradford threw for 299 yards and two scores, he also led his team on a game-winning drive which ended up with a field goal that won them the game 27-24.
Though the Rams are still in transition mode with the goal of getting back to the glory days, their win over the Arizona Cardinals and new quarterback Carson Palmer was huge in terms of confidence. Even when the Cardinals looked to be in control though out the entirety of the game, the Rams never gave up and kept fighting until the end.
Despite the glaring holes on the Falcons’ offensive line, they should be able to have a nice game against the Rams, who aren’t known for their passing defense. While the Rams have become a much more improved team than years past, particularly the talent level at the wide receiver position, they will struggle to keep up with the Falcons, who arguably possess one of the best attacking offenses in the league.
The Falcons will be looking for their first win of the year, and with the Rams coming into town, the Falcons will be ready to attack the Rams in a ferocious manner that will help set the tone for a Falcons team ready to maximize their fullest potential in 2013.