(Last Updated On: September 14, 2020)

The majority of Atlanta Falcons fans were wondering which version of the Falcons would surface in 2020. Well, the answer after week one against the Seattle Seahawks is the bad one.

The Atlanta Falcons, or The Dirty Birds, lost 38-25 at home to Seattle on Sunday. The overall performance raised several questions on both sides of the ball.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson runs against the Falcons (Photo courtesy USA Today)
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson runs against the Falcons (Photo courtesy USA Today)

Yes, it’s over-Reaction Monday, but here goes.

Three Questions.

1. With the Falcons opting to play 3 safeties, why did defensive captain Ricardo Allen only play 25 snaps and Demonte Kazee play all 62 defensive snaps?

2. Why does the defensive scheme almost completely eradicate one of the league’s best line-backers in Deon Jones?

3. Why did Dirk Koetter not adjust to Seahawks safety Jamal Adams playing so many snaps up on the line of scrimmage. What are blocking tight ends used for if not to block?

Some key and, less than impressive game notes.

The Falcons were 0/4 on fourth down.

False start on an extra point, and then missed it.

The defense gave up a first down on 3rd and 23

Wilson was 31-35 passing- Not a single Russell Wilson pass today has been thrown into a tight window (<1 yard of separation) per Next Gen Stats.”

Three plus points.

The Falcons had three players with over 100 yards receiving

Atlanta recorded three sacks (a problem area over the first 8 games of 2019)

Younghoe Koo executed another perfect onside kick.

The Falcons go to Dallas in week 2. Let’s see if they can fix some of these issues.


By Dave Squires

I’m a sports writer specialising in feature articles although will write shorter pieces. I write mainly about the NFL and the Premier League. Diploma in Freelance Journalism Follow me on Twitter @davefalconUK

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