The defense answered the call In week seven, the Falcons defense was forced to stand tall against Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions to preserve a win. As we know by now, they did not and the Falcons suffered another last second, disappointing defeat. My main conclusion from that Detroit game was that the defense needs to grow up at some point in life and make plays for an offense that quite often sets the team up for victory.
TD) 136, Calvin Ridley, ATL vs. CAR 10/11 (8 rec. TD) 134, Amari Cooper, DAL vs. CLE 10/4 (12 rec. TD) 132, Keenan Allen, LAC vs. CAR 9/27 (13 rec.
The Falcons seem to strongly prefer certain receivers to take over for other receivers, with Brandon Powell getting a lot of run last week with Russell Gage out and Christian Blake filling in this week for an injured Calvin Ridley. Olamide Zaccheaus has been sidelined as a result the last couple of weeks despite being a pretty productive receiver in his opportunities. Maybe that changes going forward, but the team has seemed eager to mix in different receivers depending on injury and matchup.