Instant analysis: Falcons lose physical matchup to Panthers

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·2 min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

The Atlanta Falcons took on the NFC South-rival Carolina Panthers in Week 8 and despite a promising start, the Falcons lost, 19-13, to fall to 3-4 on the season. Turnovers, missed tackles and Sam Darnold’s legs each contributed to Sunday’s loss to the Panthers.

Let’s recap how Atlanta performed on offense, defense and special teams against Carolina in Week 8.

Offense

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Matt Ryan and the offense struggled on their first drive but got things going until the quarterback had his hand stepped on. In the second half, Ryan had very little time in the pocket, and even when he got the ball out, he was under intense pressure.

His second interception ended the game and Ryan can’t too be upset this one is over considering the intense beating he took. Cordarrelle Patterson had a 15-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter and ran the ball well in the second half. Patterson, the team’s most consistent player this season by a mile, finished with 72 all-purpose yards (35 rushing, 37 receiving) and his seventh touchdown of the year.

Running back Mike Davis played against his former team for the first time and finished with nine carries for 44 yards. He ran hard even if he had little running room for much of the afternoon.

The Falcons did some things well, but you’re not going to win many games in the NFL when you only score 13 points.

Defense

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons recovered a fumble on the Panthers’ first offensive play when Chuba Hubbard put the ball on the ground. The defensive pressure wasn’t great, though, and Atlanta struggled with quarterback Sam Darnold’s mobility.

Darnold threw for just 129 yards but rushed for 66 yards, including some crucial third-down conversions in the second half. In a physical game which neither offense performed overly well, Darnold made the plays he needed to, before leaving the game with an injury.

Foye Oluokun and Deion Jones combined for 30 total tackles — 16 for Oluokun and 14 for Jones — and rookie linebacker Ade Ogundeji recovered a fumble.

Dean Pees’ defense was scrappy as it has been all season long, but this time, it simply couldn’t get timely stops.

Special Teams

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Following Carolina’s opening-drive fumble, kicker Younghoe Koo converted on a field goal to give Atlanta a 3-0 lead. Koo would miss his first attempt of the year early in the fourth quarter, however, which would have given the Falcons 13-12 lead. He finished the game making two of three field goals.

Falcons punter Dustin Colquitt averaged 47.5 yards per punt on four attempts. In the return game, Patterson had kick return for 25 yards. Rookie cornerback Avery Williams had two punt returns for 21 total yards.

1

1