Atlanta Falcons quarter season pace on offense

 Through four
games ,
the Falcons are on pace to smash their offensive numbers from a year ago. This
is still good news, even though the season’s already on shaky ground, and I
thought you might all want to see it broken out. I’ve got the team stats from
last year next to this year, so you can see just how hilariously far ahead the
offense is compared to a year ago. Let’s hope they can keep the pace going
through the air, and exceed their current pace on the ground. Team PacePoints:
464 (353) Passing Yards: 5,036 (3,990)Rushing Yards: 1,536 (1,847)Passing
Touchdowns: 40 (21) Rushing Touchdowns: 16 (12)Player PaceQB Matt Ryan496/580,
5,264 yards, 40 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 9.1 yards per attempt, 40 sacksRB
Tevin Coleman216 attempts, 840 yards, 3.9 yards per attempt, 4 rushing
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, 40 receptions, 336 yards, 4 receiving TDsRB
Ito Smith72 attempts, 300 yards, 4.2 yards per attempt, 4 rushing TDs, 28
receptions, 248 yardsRB Devonta FreemanNot even fair to pace him, so let’s say
whatever it would have been is way too lowWR Julio Jones 116 receptions, 2,008
yards, 17.3 yards per reception, 0 TDs, 4 attempts, 44 rushing yardsWR Calvin
Ridley60 receptions, 1,056 yards, 17.6 yards per reception ,
24 TDs, 12 attempts, 52 rushing yardsWR Mohamed Sanu64 receptions, 728 yards, 4
touchdowns, 11.5 yards per reception, 4 attempts, -16 rushing yardsWR Marvin
Hall12 receptions, 156 yards, 13 yards per receptionWR Justin Hardy4 receptions,
16 yards, 4 yards per reception, 0 touchdownsTE Austin Hooper48 receptions, 500
yards, 10.4 yards per reception, 4 touchdowns TE Logan Paulsen12 receptions, 152
yards, 12.7 yards per reception Youth
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, 4 touchdowns The Atlanta Falcons expect
to have running back Devonta Freeman return for Sunday's game at the Pittsburgh
Steelers after missing three games with a sore right knee.Coach Dan Quinn said
Freeman, the team's leading rusher each of the last three years, would have full
clearance "without any setbacks."There was no report of a setback, but Freeman
was listed as limited on the team's practice report, just as he was late last
week.Freeman was upbeat before the practice."I feel really good," Freeman said.
"Coming back and doing something I really love to do is always a good time. I'm
just excited to be back."Freeman said he's confident he is "comfortable enough
to be back out there.""I feel explosive and ready to run," he said.Atlanta's
defense, meanwhile, has lost a fourth starter for at least one week. Quinn
confirmed defensive tackle Grady Jarrett will be held out with an ankle sprain
and knee injury he suffered late in last week's 37-36 loss to Cincinnati .Quinn
said Jack Crawford will start for Jarrett. Terrell McClain and rookie Deadrin
Senat will have bigger roles.Defensive tackle Michael Bennett, who was signed on
Tuesday after being cut by Jacksonville on Sept. 11, said he is "studying like
crazy" to be ready for a backup role."I plan to play, and they plan to play me,"
Bennett said.The Falcons' defense already has lost starting safeties Keanu Neal
and Ricardo Allen to season-ending injuries and linebacker Deion Jones for at
least eight weeks. Offensive guard Andy Levitre also is on IR.The Falcons (1-3)
have lost two straight games, so the return of Freeman was embraced as rare
positive news."Free is chomping at the bit to get back and get going," Quinn
said, adding he hopes a full week of practice will enable Freeman to "feel like
he can explode and do the things that he does in both the run game and pass
game."Man, we're pumped to have him back out there."This is the second straight
season Freeman has missed time with injuries. He missed two games in 2017 with a
concussion, his second of the year Youth
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, and was slowed by a right knee injury late in
the season.After running for more than 1,000 yards in 2015 and 2016, Freeman
finished with 865 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, along with 36 receptions,
last season.Tevin Coleman and rookie Ito Smith combined to run for 86 yards
against the Bengals. Quinn was not satisfied with the production of the ground
game."We definitely left some things out there in the run game, we felt, this
past week," Quinn said. "We challenged the offense. We think there's a spot we
can go to and we can be significantly better and the run game is one of those
spots."Atlanta running game also sputtered in a 43-37 overtime loss to New
Orleans on Sept. 23. Coleman averaged only 2.2 yards per carry while being held
to 33 yards.Freeman wouldn't say he alone could jumpstart the running game."I'm
just coming in to do my part," he said. "I just think we need to win. It's not
about individual stats or any of that."NOTES: WR Julio Jones (hand, ankle), CB
Justin Bethal (knee) and Jarrett were held out. Other players listed as limited:
DE Vic Beasley Jr. (ankle), Coleman (shin), WR Mohamed Sanu (hip), DE Derrick
Shelby (groin) and LB Foye Oluokun (ankle). Jones has missed practices each of
the last two weeks before being removed from the injury report before
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