lostnmexico Posted November 26, 2017 Share Posted November 26, 2017 (edited) Falcons 34, Buccaneers 20 1. Nice to see you, Julio Jones! Atlanta's star receiver emerged for the first time in 2017 in a big way Sunday, catching 12 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. His play was reminiscent of his 300-yard game against Carolina in 2016, and it came at a time when Atlanta really needed it. As a result, the Falcons looked as good offensively as they have all season -- until they started to rest on their laurels in the second half, which almost cost them. Fortunately, Atlanta woke up and sealed the victory with an 11-play, 82-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth. Credit is due to offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who has been under fire for his unit's lack of production, but has seen an uptick in output in recent weeks. For the first time in 2017, I was wowed while watching Atlanta's offense (with much credit due to Jones). It's a great time for things to start to come together for the Falcons. 2. Watching Ryan Fitzpatrick is maddening. He has the obvious experience and wisdom to execute the offense efficiently, and at times, he puts passes right where they're supposed to be. On a few occasions, he squeezed throws into the arms of Chris Godwin and DeSean Jackson. But much more often, his throws were errant -- outside and wide when they should have been on the inside, or well short of receivers running down the boundary. Tampa Bay's quarterback situation is a microcosm of its season: budding with potential but too often failing to fulfill it. With Winston sidelined, the Fitzpatrick-led Buccaneers just don't bring enough of a consistent punch on offense. Against a team that appears to be nearing its peak, that was too much to overcome, even if the Buccaneers gave a valiant effort. 3. I made the point a couple of weeks ago, and it didn't take all that much for it to be reinforced on Sunday: Tevin Coleman deserves just as large of a role as Devonta Freeman when both are healthy. Coleman again was the engine of the Atlanta running game, taking 19 totes for 97 yards and two touchdowns, including the final score that put the game away for the Falcons. Coleman's speed brought another dimension to Atlanta's rushing attack, serving as the difference on that final run and making him a constant threat that Tampa Bay had to honor. As FOX analyst Mark Schlereth said after the final score, it's just unfair for a running back to have such speed and vision. If Atlanta wants to continue creeping closer to its historic output of 2016, Sarkisian would be wise to keep putting the ball in Coleman's hands. -- Nick Shook It is frustrating how much the National Media appreciates Tevin Coleman yet some members of our fanbase continue to compare him to Jerious Norwood. Coleman is far and away one of the better backs in the league and being able to pair him with Freeman is a blessing! Hope to see him more involved in the passing game once Freeman returns. Edited November 26, 2017 by lostnmexico Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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