The Atlanta Falcons are 6-0, and in most of their games, they were able to mount early leads. Typically, when teams face a deficit, they’re forced to turn to the passing game to speed up their efforts to catch up on the scoreboard. And so, it’s somewhat of a rarity that a team with a 6-0 record is so bad at stopping the run.
So far this season, here is how the Falcons compare with the rest of the league in rush D:
- 143.7 rushing yards per game allowed (5th worst in
- 5.2 yards per rushing attempt (2nd
worst in the NFL).
- 7 rushing TDs (8th worst in the NFL).
- 7 rushes of 20+ yards (3rd worst in
- 3 rushes of 40+ yards (Worst in the NFL).
Sometimes, one or two bad performances can skew those kinds of numbers. Not so in the Falcons’ case. They’ve been consistently bad against the run against every one of their opponents:
The Eagles no longer have the kind of offensive line that is going to overpower defenses in the run game, but I do see two ways the Eagles can gash the Falcons on the ground on Sunday:
- Run. At. Asante. Samuel. Repeatedly.
- Designed runs with Michael Vick.