The Atlanta Falcons have some crucial needs, all at defense and the franchise is not letting on as to where exactly the team will draft. From linebackers, to guards to safeties, the needs are plentyful and thankfully so are the personnel in the draft but odds on favorite has to be on FSU Safety Keanu Neal, who was courted by Dan Quinn before he left. The 2016 NFL Draft is tonight!
If you spot a team four turnovers and 17 points you most likely will not win that game and the proof is in the pudding.
The Falcons fumbled three times and Matt Ryan threw one interception in a 23-20 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Adding insult to injury, the Falcons were penalized an uncharacteristic 11 times for 124 yards. Ryan did complete 37 of 45 passes for 397 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
“We can’t dig ourselves that hole and expect to consistently get out of it,” said Ryan, who was responsible for two of the turnovers.
The Falcons must now get back to basics as they prepare to take on the struggling San Francisco 49ers next Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.
In a tale of two games, the Atlanta Falcons came out on fire Sunday afternoon against the Detroit Lions but, it seems that the idea of playing for the entire game eluded them in the second half.
In the first half, Falcons QB Matt Ryan was a near perfect 14-17 for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan would finish the game 20-27 for 228 yards, two TD’s and an interception. The Falcons doomed themselves with a dropped pass, an interception and poor clock management, allowing the Falcons to take control of the ball with 1:38 remaining in the game.
A few plays later, Lions Kicker Matt Prater was sent out to kick a 43-yard field goal, which he missed. There was, however, a penalty that pushed the ball back five yards. Prater then set up and kicked a 48-yard field goal, which he made.
“I knew Prater was going to make it. I played two years with him before,” Lions cornerback Cassius Vaughn said. “When he missed the first one I was like, ‘That was just the practice swing.’ The second one was cake.”