A complete offensive performance reminiscent of 2016 alleviates early-season tension

in Atlanta Since Steve Sarkisian arrived in
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, there have been incessant questions about
the Falcons’ offense not being able to come close to matching their 2016 form.
Losing a play caller as special as Kyle Shanahan was always going to create a
difficult adjustment period. Nobody anticipated that it would take an entire
season for the offense to find their footing. The long periods of being
disjointed, predictable, and one-dimensional were evident in 2017. Although one
game doesn’t determine a team’s outlook, it can cultivate how a team operates
moving forward. That’s how the Falcons should be approaching their next game
following yesterday’s excellent win. What they did against a very good Carolina
defense should be universally praised. For the first time under Sarkisian, they
played a near-flawless game. There were moments of a cohesive offense playing at
a high-level in wins over Green Bay, Dallas, and Seattle. For all their success,
none of those victories showed them truly imposing their will. This was the
first game under Sarkisian, where they dictated the pace of the game against a
high-caliber opponent. It was a stunning performance between using creative
variations of play action, attacking Carolina on the outside, and giving Matt
Ryan more than enough time in the pocket to make sharp throws.Responding from
adversityExcluding the injury crisis surrounding the team, there were two major
questions going into the home opener. How would Ryan fare after one of the worst
performances of his career? The same question applied to Sarkisian, who was
nationally ridiculed for his play calling in the red zone and overall personnel
usage. Both were at the forefront of another Falcons’ loss in Philadelphia.
Finding any sort of rhythm against Carolina was vital, especially with the
defense enduring the loss of two players that essentially shape their identify
as a unit. They both made the necessary adjustments to pick apart one of the
better defenses in the league.Ryan erased doubts about his arm strength and
accuracy with a terrific showing. The former MVP looked dialed in from the first
snap. With the threat of Ron Rivera preparing a cocktail of blitzes, he made
quicker decisions and threw precise passes. To only throw five incompletions
following such a disastrous performance in Philadelphia is extremely impressive.
He got into a rhythm with the likes of Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper being
more involved. That allowed him to exploit Carolina’s heavy zone scheme,
particularly when using play action. Ryan looked as comfortable as ever moving
from side to side. When he had to use his feet past the line of scrimmage, the
perennially under-appreciated athletic quarterback showed what he is made of by
leaping into the end zone.On the other side of the Falcons’ conundrum, Sarkisian
called one of his finest games as an offensive coordinator. There were a greater
sense of directness and ruthlessness that had been lacking. Instead of getting
overly fancy or being too reliant on Julio Jones, he focused on targeting
mismatches and playing at a higher tempo. Sarkisian made it a point of emphasis
to get Ridley more involved earlier in the week. That was on full display by
spreading him out wide and giving him space to operate against Carolina’s
overmatched corners. Ridley showcased his outstanding footwork and route-running
ability during the entire game. Accelerating past Donte Jackson on a wicked
slant for his first career touchdown set the tone for the offense’s rebound
game.From using Ridley on slants and shallow crosses to sticking with
outside-zone based runs, Sarkisian orchestrated a highly efficient attack. The
offense doesn’t normally struggle putting together drives. Converting on third
down (fifth-best in the league last year) and picking up quick yardage wasn’t
challenging for them. It was when they got into the red zone Youth
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, where pure chaos ensued. That wasn’t the
case in yesterday’s four-for-four master class. Using a hi-lo concept created
space for Hooper to take the inside release and score on a corner route.When
lining up near the goal line, Sarkisian didn’t waste time and called a sneak for
Ryan to squeeze his way into the end zone. Carolina’s front seven is one of the
top units in the league. Trying to outmuscle them using long drawn-out plays
wasn’t going to be effective. They needed to work in a quick, decisive manner
after failing to do so against Philadelphia. The beleaguered offensive
coordinator finally found the right ingredients in a well-balanced game plan to
help the offense play up to their capabilities. Winning up frontDuring the
Falcons’ last two defeats in Philadelphia, there was one reoccurring theme that
got lost in the shuffle. The offensive line was overwhelmed for the majority of
both games. They couldn’t create many holes in the running game or keep the
pocket clean for Ryan to survey the field. Andy Levitre and Alex Mack couldn’t
individually or collectively contain Fletcher Cox. According to Pro Football
Focus, Ryan Schraeder allowed a staggering nine pressures after only
surrendering 20 in total last season. Not being able to hold your own in the
trenches will not only affect your quarterback, but also affect the offensive
coordinator’s thought process when dialing up plays.Carolina’s front four isn’t
nearly as good as Philadelphia’s ridiculously deep group. They still possess a
solid nucleus led by Kawann Short and Mario Addison. Per ESPN on 28 drop backs,
Ryan wasn’t sacked once and only hit twice. Schraeder bounced back nicely,
particularly in the running game. Brandon Fusco is proving to be a steady right
guard, which is something the Falcons have lacked for years. They were at the
forefront of opening numerous running lanes for Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith to
make defenders miss at the second level.The offensive line made a major
statement against one of the NFL’s legitimate stout front sevens. After Luke
Kuechly made multiple stops in the first quarter, they started locating him to
give the running backs space to maneuver into the open field. Wes Schweitzer
played admirably well in replacing Andy Levtire. Alongside Jake Matthews, they
made some quality combination blocks to spring Smith free to the second level,
where he made Carolina suffer with his tremendous footwork and shiftiness. By
making the necessary blocks up front and getting timely contributions from
Mohamed Sanu and Justin Hardy, the running game played a significant part in the
offense’s 2016-esque performance.Defensive frailties What should have been a
convincing victory became too close for comfort in the end. Although the offense
should have ended the game better, it would be foolish to overlook some of the
defensive breakdowns. They failed to generate pressure with a four-man rush
during long portions of the game. As Cam Newton started getting into a groove,
they struggled to get near him. Grady Jarrett could only do so much as the lone
interior threat. Vic Beasley was kept quiet once again, while Takkarist McKinley
only showed up in flashes. To not create more pressure against predominantly a
second-string unit must be worrying for Dan Quinn.Replacing Jones and Neal is
going to be as difficult as most imagined. Duke Riley missed multiple tackles
and struggled to diagnose runs. The coaching staff will have to live with some
mistakes, as they hope his talent eventually breaks through. It’s difficult to
feel confident about his chances of playing a key role in containing Alvin
Kamara next week. The same applies to Damontae Kazee, who may spend further time
on the sidelines. His despicable hit on Cam Newton warranted an ejection.
Considering how much time coaches put into tackling, it’s a terrible look for
the rising safety. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him receive a one-game
suspension. Looking AheadThe NFC South fun continues next week, as New Orleans
comes to town to reignite the best rivalry in football. Both teams haven’t
started out the season as well as they expected. Losing to Tampa Bay and barley
beating Cleveland isn’t something Sean Payton envisioned two weeks ago. One of
the most complete teams in football last season have looked vulnerable
defensively. That should bode well for an offense that didn’t miss a beat
without Devonta Freeman. If they can average between 24 to 31 points per
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the loss of Jones and Neal will slightly diminish. That is obviously easier said
than done. At least it has been proven against a division rival known for their
defensive fortitude. Neither the 3-5 Dallas Cowboys or the 4-4 Philadelphia
Eagles thought they’d be struggling so much to start the 2018 season, and both
have a lot of work to do if they want to truly compete for the playoffs. The two
teams will meet at Lincoln Financial Field for Sunday Night Football, beginning
at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC (live streaming via FuboTV, NBC Sports).The Cowboys have
struggled big time on the offensive side of the ball this season, and are coming
off consecutive losses to Washington and the Titans. With some tough games still
on their schedule, including a late-season matchup with the Saints, they
desperately need a win here.Philadelphia is in a slightly better position, but
not by much. They also have the Saints coming up, but are themselves coming off
a 24-18 win over the Jaguars. Philadelphia ranks 11th in the league in total
defense, and 18th in total offense. Dallas, on the other hand, ranks 29th in the
league on offense and second in the league in defense.Below is all you need to
know to follow the action.Time, TV, and streaming infoTime: 8:20 p.m.
ETLocation: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.TV: NBCStreaming: FuboTV,
NBC SportsOdds: The Eagles opened as 4.5-point favorites, but that line has
increased throughout the week, with some books having them favored by as much as
a touchdown.Cowboys vs. Eagles newsThe Cowboys have some serious injury
concerns, as they will be without Sean Lee for multiple weeks Calvin
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Tavon Austin, Joe Thomas and Connor Williams for Sunday night’s game.In addition
to Williams, the team’s starting left guard, being out, the team isn’t quite
sure who will be starting in his place.On the Philadelphia injury front, the
Eagles ruled out Darren Sproles, Jalen MIlls and Sidney Jones.Jason Garrett has
to be feeling the pressure as the Cowboys continue to struggle.Despite it being
likely the Eagles get a win in this game, it sure seems like this Cowboys team
to march into Philadelphia and get a win.Be sure to peep the questions with the
folks at Bleeding Green Nation on Blogging The Boys, and then the corresponding
post at BGN. Those folks at BTB took a look at five things to watch on Sunday,
as well as a post on who will be the x-factor.The Eagles plan on getting
“creative” with Golden Tate against the Cowboys.The Bleeding Green Nation
podcast previewed Sunday’s game, and they also took a look at their own offense
against the Cowboys defense.Cowboys vs. Eagles predictionIn the Week 10 SB
Nation expert picks, all seven of the experts picking think the Eagles will win,
as does the OddsShark computer. The coin flip landed on Dallas, however.
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