FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Turnovers have lastly caught up with the Atlanta Falcons, enjoying a giant position of their first loss and highlighting an incapacity to copy one of many staff’s strengths in final yr’s Tremendous Bowl run.
Matt Ryan and the Falcons rank close to the underside of the league with a minus-Four turnover differential. Ryan threw 5 interceptions within the final two video games , together with two in final week’s 23-17 loss to Buffalo. Ryan additionally misplaced a fumble returned for a landing by Payments cornerback Tre’Davious White.
The 2-interception sport got here one week after Ryan threw three interceptions in a slender win at Detroit.
Ryan threw solely seven interceptions, and by no means threw multiple in a sport, in his 2016 MVP season. It is no shock Ryan and the Falcons (Three-1) emphasised defending the ball of their bye week.
”We’re higher than that,” Ryan stated. ”I am higher than that from an offensive standpoint by way of caring for the ball. We have to make higher selections, and I do, too, with a purpose to give ourselves an opportunity to win video games.”
It was simple to miss the three interceptions towards Detroit as a result of two got here on passes off the palms of Mohamed Sanu and Tevin Coleman.
Early within the third quarter towards the Payments, Ryan tried to finish a deep move to Taylor Gabriel. The move hung up too lengthy, turning the play right into a soar ball competitors gained by sturdy security Micah Hyde, who had place in entrance of Gabriel.
Hyde added one other interception within the fourth quarter on a move off the palms of receiver Nick Williams. At that time, the Falcons had been lacking high receivers Julio Jones and Sanu , who had been out with accidents.
The most expensive turnover was the fumble returned for a landing. A overview confirmed the play was a fumble as an alternative of an incomplete move.
Ryan stated he thought his arm was transferring ahead ”nevertheless it’s not my job to rule or officiate. That is simply a type of bang-bang performs which are powerful.”
The Falcons had no takeaways towards Buffalo, making the turnovers harder to beat. They’ve solely two takeaways – one fumble restoration and one interception, every by cornerback Desmond Trufant – for the season.
”We all the time need to have the ability to create turnovers on the defensive facet of the ball,” stated defensive deal with Grady Jarrett. ”Whether or not it’s to punch out the ball or attempt to get some prompted fumbles. There’s alternative on the market for us to get it, however we now have to be extra conscious about it. It is a mindset. You must assault the sport in that method and we simply need to get the job achieved.”
Coach Dan Quinn stated the minus-Three turnover differential was ”the actual story of the sport.”
”We do not take a look at that as an offensive or defensive stat or a turnover margin, we see it as a staff stat, and with out creating any turnovers you can’t be within the plus,” Quinn stated.
The Falcons are hoping such injured gamers as Jones, Sanu and high move rusher Vic Beasley can return for subsequent week’s sport towards Miami. Operating again Devonta Freeman is also hoping the break provides the offense an opportunity to regroup and play as much as the requirements it set when it led the league in scoring final season.
”We have simply acquired to get higher, come again off this bye week and be taught from our errors and clear up every part,” Freeman stated. ”It is the little issues. I really feel like we have to get higher with element, caring for the ball, working higher routes, making one thing occur if nothing is there, and simply get higher as a complete.”
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