The Atlanta Falcons are not playing like a team that has been a playoff contender in recent years. After suffering a 27-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, the Falcons need to make some major adjustments if they hope to return to playoffs again this season.
Quarterback Matt Ryan was anything but “Matty Ice” as he completed 34-of-61 pass attempts and threw for four total interceptions. The running game was completely abandoned instantly as they fell behind early, totaling only 27 yards on the ground. The defense only accounted for one turnover and let the Cardinals gain a whopping 6.8 yards per play.
There just may be too many problems to right for the Falcons to turn the second half of the NFL season around.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Cardinals improved to 4-4 and may have found themselves a star running back in Andre Ellington. The sixth-round pick out of Clemson started the game with Rashard Mendenhall out due to a toe injury and shined in the spotlight.
Ellington rushed for 154 yards on 15 carries including and 80-yard run in the second quarter. The rookie back appeared to finally be in full stride and can be a huge part of the Cardinals offense moving forward.
Michael Floyd caught a touchdown pass from Carson Palmer late in the second quarter to cap off a 21-point second quarter performance which sent the Cardinals into halftime leading 21-6.
The Cardinals never looked back as the defense did a stellar job. Besides the four interceptions they created and 27 yards on the ground, they held the Falcons to only 3.7 yards per play and allowed only 8-of-20 third down conversions.
These two teams look to be heading in opposite directions, and the Falcons may find themselves without a winning season after recording a franchise record five straight since 2008.