There is no sugar coating it, the week one loss by the Atlanta Falcons was simply awful, but if there is a silver lining it is that their week one opponent – the Philadelphia Eagles – are hanging tough against the San Francisco 49ers during the early slate of NFL games.
The 49ers are looking relatively stoic while playing the Eagles defense, they have only managed one scoring drive in the first half.
49er’s first-half performance against the Eagles makes the Falcon’s loss look less vile.
The Atlanta Falcons could not muster anything against Philly’s defense, and this week the 49ers are struggling to get anything going as it took them a while to score against the Eagles defense.
This could point towards Philadelphia being a better team than most have expected them to be. Their defense has been pretty dominant during the first six quarters of their season, while their offense has been able to move the ball.
It took San Francisco until fourteen seconds left in the first half to even score points. They opened the game with three straight three and outs as Philly’s defensive line was consistently blowing up their offensive line.
And looking at the Eagles offense, the scoreboard does not tell the whole story. They have consistently moved the ball while only scoring three points in two quarters.
Philadelphia has fell victim to a blocked field goal and as well as being stuffed on fourth and goal at the two-yard line after a gorgeous 91-yard pass and catch through the air.
That is one thing the Falcons defense did not give up – a long play through the air. At this point, we can only look at the positives.
While we can look at how former opponents play in the weeks following, it is up to how the Atlanta Falcons come out against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in just over an hour. This will tell us if they are going to stand up against the competition or simply falter under the pressure.
Lots of things will have to change if they want to take down the Bucs. It was simply an awful performance last week.