As expected, the Atlanta Falcons shined against the St. Louis Rams at home on Sunday, winning a nail biter, 31-24. Luckily, both wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White played, and the highly anticipated reunion of running back Steven Jackson and the Rams began with an early eight-yard touchdown reception by Jackson in the first quarter. But in addition to this feel-good win at the Georgia Dome, there were some unfortunate losses injury wise on both sides of the ball for Atlanta. Following his touchdown in the first quarter, Jackson was escorted to the locker room with a bruised thigh and did not return to the game. Other players to drop like flies came from the defensive side of the ball, with linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and defensive lineman Kroy Biermann. Biermann was carted to the locker room with an ankle injury, and Weatherspoon injured his foot. Both did not return to the game.
It was pretty clear that the Falcons suffered a setback offensively once Jackson was out of the picture. After a field goal early in the third quarter by Falcons kicker Matt Bryant, The Falcons struggled to move the chains and it was evident that the offense lost its unpredictability. The remainder of the third quarter composed of four straight three-and-outs for the Falcons. Quarterback Matt Ryan even took some huge hits in the pocket against the Rams’ pass rush. Luckily in the fourth quarter, Atlanta’s offense eventually found their form with a nine play 80-yard drive, resulting in a 11-yard touchdown run by running back Jason Snelling, which was enough to seal the deal.
With Jackson, Weatherspoon and Biermann listed as questionable, Atlanta could be in some trouble leading into Week 3. Jackson’s versatility in the running game can give Ryan some breathing room, and gives Atlanta’s offense that multi-dimensional look. Running back Jacquizz Rodgers does have the talent to carry the backfield and assist in the pass protection, but Atlanta is better off hoping Jackson’s injury is minor.