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We saw the Atlanta Falcons do this a bunch of times last season. They would churn out the yards seemingly at will but failed to score enough points to ensure a winning record. The 2020 season started nearly the same way. The Falcons amassed over 500 yards but couldn’t contain Russell Wilson in their season-opening 38-25 setback. It’s not the way Atlanta wanted to start what is likely a do-or-die season for Dan Quinn. Facing another club coming off a disappointing opening loss, the Falcons visit the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday looking for their first win.

2020 Atlanta Falcons at a Glance

Super Bowl Odds: +6300

NFC Championship Odds: +2750

Atlanta Falcons Week 2 Odds

Atlanta Falcons +5.5

Dallas Cowboys -5.5

Total 52

Atlanta Falcons Week 2 Matchup

The Falcons won their second game last season beating another NFC East team in Philadelphia. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Atlanta allowed Russell Wilson to carve them up completing 31 of 35 passes for 322 yards. He had as many incomplete passes as touchdown passes in the game. That’s never a good sign. Atlanta’s rebuilt defense struggled.

Things don’t get easier this week with a trip to Dallas to face the team that topped the NFL in total offense a season ago. Led by Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amani Cooper, the Cowboys averaged 431.5 yards per game. They weren’t up to that level on Monday producing 380 total yards in a 20-17 loss to the Rams. The Falcons better study film from that game since the Rams allowed just one play longer than 20 yards.

With the defense trying to find itself, it’s going to be up to Matt Ryan and the offense to start cashing all those yards into points. The passing game was clicking with Ryan throwing for 450 yards. Three receivers had nine catches and more than 100 receiving yards led by Julio Jones, who had 157 yards. Calvin Ridley had 130 yards and Russell Gage had 114 yards.

Like I said, though, at some point the Falcons need to turn those yards into points. They failed on four fourth-down tries and turned the ball over twice. Todd Gurley rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and flashed glimpses of the form that had him perched as the best back in the league just a few seasons ago. The Falcons need to strike more balance in the offense. They ran just 21 times compared to 54 pass attempts. It’s hard to consistently run the football when you’re trailing most of the game.

Atlanta Falcons Week 1 Recap

At least we know Ryan can still sling the football. Ryan was 37 of 54 for 450 yards and a pair of touchdowns however the Falcons failed on a number of occasions to put the ball in the end zone in their 38-25 loss to the Seahawks in Week 1. Trailing 14-3 in the second quarter the Falcons scored their first touchdown of the season on a Todd Gurley 1-yard plunge. They closed the gap to 14-12 on a 49-yard Younghoe Koo field goal to end the first half.

The complexion of the game changed on a pair of fourth down plays in the third quarter. The Falcons allowed a 38-yard touchdown pass to DK Metcalf on fourth-and-5 to increase Seattle’s lead. The Falcons gambled with a fake punt on fourth down on their next possession. Sharrod Neasman picked up the necessary yardage but he fumbled the football and Seattle recovered. A few plays later Wilson hit Gregg Olsen from seven yards out and all of a sudden it was 28-12.

The Falcons were aggressive the entire game going for it on fourth down four times. Unfortunately they failed each time with Seattle scoring 17 points following the turnovers on downs. The offense hummed to the tune of 504 yards. Ryan surpassed John Elway for ninth on the NFL’s career passing yards list, which was the only highlight in an otherwise disappointing performance.

Pass defense was almost non-existent with Wilson hitting on 31 of 35 for 322 yards. Nine different receivers caught a ball with Tyler Lockett hauling in a team-high eight. Atlanta made a point to improve its pass rush after totaling just 28 sacks last season. The sacked Wilson three times, though it did little to disrupt his rhythm. Grady Jarrett had 1.5 sacks with Takk McKinley getting one.

Atlanta Falcons Schedule & Results

WEEK MATCHUP RESULT RECORD
Week 1 vs Seattle Seahawks L 38-25 0-1
WEEK MATCHUP DATE TIME & TV (ET)
Week 2 at Dallas Cowboys Sunday, September 20 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 3 vs Chicago Bears Sunday, September 27 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 4 at Green Bay Packers Monday, October 5 8:15 PM (ESPN)
Week 5 vs Carolina Panthers Sunday, October 11 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 6 at Minnesota Vikings Sunday, October 18 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 7 vs Detroit Lions Sunday, October 25 1:00 PM PM (FOX)
Week 8 at Carolina Panthers Thursday, October 29 7:20 PM (FOX/NFL)
Week 9 vs Denver Broncos Sunday, November 8 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 10 BYE WEEK
Week 11 at New Orleans Saints Sunday, November 22 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 12 vs Las Vegas Raiders Sunday, November 29 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 13 vs New Orleans Saints Sunday, December 6 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 14 at Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, December 13 4:25 PM (FOX)
Week 15 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, December 20 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 16 at Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, December 27 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 17 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, January 3 1:00 PM (FOX)
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Falcons Past Seasons (2000)

YEAR RECORD PLAYOFFS
2019 7-9 None
2018 7-9 None
2017 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
2016 11-5 Lost Super Bowl
2015 8-8 None
2014 6-10 None
2013 4-12 None
2012 13-3 Lost Conference Championship
2011 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
2010 13-3 Lost Divisional Round
2009 9-7 None
2008 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
2007 4-12 None
2006 7-9 None
2005 8-8 None
2004 11-5 Lost Conference Championship
2003 5-11 None
2002 9-6-1 Lost Divisional Round
2001 7-9 None
2000 4-12 None

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