nativefalcon Posted August 28, 2010 Share Posted August 28, 2010 MIAMI -- In the final extended tune-up before the regular-season opener, the Falcons offense sputtered about while the defense inflicted some pain in a 16-6 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Friday at Sun Life Stadium.The Falcons' key offensive weapons appeared to be out of sync, and kicker Matt Bryant missed another kick. Quarterback Matt Ryan was erratic, completing just 13 of 26 passes for 103 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White ran some nice routes and scored a touchdown, but his most memorable play was a tough drop. He ran a beautiful out-and-up route and cruised right past Miami cornerback Sean Smith.He was wide open and got his hands on an overthrown pass from Ryan that he could have caught for a touchdown.Running back Michael Turner had 16 rushes for 47 yards and a fumble.The first-team offense's drive chart wasn't pretty: punt, touchdown, punt, punt, fumble, field goal, interception and punt."There were some things we did pretty well, but for the most part I think we had seven possessions in the first half, and we came away with just 10 points," Ryan said. "That's a little bit frustrating. We were close. It's something that we need to iron out in practice."The first-team defense, playing without cornerback Dunta Robinson, put the hammer down on the Dolphins on third down. In the first half, the Dolphins converted on 1 of 7 third downs and were held to a field goal."I thought we did a nice job attacking the ball," Falcons coach Mike Smith said.Linebackers Mike Peterson and Curtis Lofton had a stop on a fourth-and-1, and Erik Coleman intercepted a pass in the end zone to stop a scoring threat right before halftime.After going three-and-out on their opening drive, the Falcons came back with a strong effort on their second possession. It was their most promising drive -- and only touchdown drive -- of the preseason.Ryan converted on three consecutive third-down situations to keep the drive moving. One good sign was the third-and-11 conversion from Miami's 30. Ryan found wide receiver Harry Douglas, who was working out of the slot, for a 12-yard gain.On the next play Ryan tossed a strike to White for an 18-yard touchdown.The first-team offense had moved the ball in the two previous games, but had to settle for field-goal attempts of four of five possessions.Now, in 13 possessions they have one touchdown and five field-goal attempts."We need to play better," tight end Tony Gonzalez said. "There is no doubt about it." http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/rugged-defense-helps-falcons-601526.htmlAt least the offense knows its not firing on all cylinders. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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