BMoreFalconsFan09 Posted September 12, 2011 Share Posted September 12, 2011 Analysis from Jimmy JohnsonLink: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Jimmy-Johnson-NFL-Week-1-Atlanta-Falcons-passing-game-lacks-big-plays-091111The expectations are pretty high for the Atlanta Falcons this season. Now, Atlanta’s loss did surprise me — Baltimore whipping Pittsburgh was a bigger surprise — but the Bears were playing at home and they did win the NFC North last season. I know all the experts have been picking Chicago for third in the division, but that never sounded right.After the Bears demolished the Falcons, I guess we can say the North looks better than the South because I know Green Bay is the class of the league.But the Falcons have to find a way to stretch the field with their passing game. When they traded for Julio Jones in the draft, people said he was the missing piece. Well, either he or somebody has to open up this offense. Atlanta had a great season last year at 13-3 but it carried the same problem into this campaign: not enough big plays.I don’t think the Falcons can keep throwing the ball underneath like they did against the Bears and expect to win in the long run. They have to find a way to get Roddy White deep and find more ways to create something big.Chicago’s defense played well. They forced takeaways and Brian Urlacher even scored a touchdown. Statistically, the Falcons also played well, but their three turnovers killed them. Again, this is only one game, but I expected a lot more out of the Falcons and I’m sure they did, too.I was impressed with Jay Cutler, too. This was his first outing since last season’s NFC Championship Game, when too many people were questioning his leadership and toughness. Well, he showed the hometown fans and everyone else how good he can be. He made a statement by throwing for 312 yards and two touchdowns. And he showed his toughness by being sacked five times and still getting back up for more. All I can say is the Bears won’t be fading into the background.I think the one thing that can be taken away from the Bears game is this: unless the offensive line can hold up their blocks, there won't be enough time to stretch the field. I think Ryan & company wanted to go down field more, but couldn't due to inconsistencies moving the ball. Simple as that. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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