Matt Ryan and the Falcons' offense has regressed

The Atlanta Falcons offense plays worst game of the season in 14 point loss to the Chicago Bears. Ryan and company need to hit reset button before it's too late

Things are not looking good for the Atlanta Falcons right now.  On Sunday, they suffered a 27-13 defeat to the Chicago Bears, and it is officially time for the Falcons to panic.  Atlanta has now fallen to (2-4) on the season, with a three game losing streak in tow.  

Part I: The Offense 

Earlier in the season, the offense was getting a bulk of the credit for the wins, so they should receive majority of the blame during the three game losing streak. However, Atlanta’s struggles are bigger than the offensive and defensive units. They are lacking a total cohesiveness in times of despair.  Therefore, the Falcons have a hard time of digging out of deficits.   

Atlanta started slow and finished even worse. The Falcons did convert a field goal to take a first quarter lead, but they were down 13-3 at halftime.  For a Falcons’ defense, giving up 13 points at the half should be enough for a lead, but the offense was putrid throughout.  The Falcons showed signs of life after scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter, behind a Matt Ryan touchdown pass, but that was the only big play of the day.  

Once again, Antone Smith had a 41 yard touchdown reception to give the Falcons offense some life.  Unfortunately, Smith and the rest of the running game was stymied by Chicago’s defense.  Well, defense and play calling.  The Falcons had 13 rushes for 42 yards.  They refuse to utilize the ground game, and the chances are becoming few and far between.  

The Falcons plan to live and die with Matt Ryan. Currently, they are faltering right out of playoff contention. Ryan was 19/37 for 271 yards and one touchdown. A third of his targets were to Julio Jones, and he only caught a third of those passes. Without Jones having a monster day, the Falcons offense floundered.   

Julio Jones and Roddy White combined for seven catches and 108 yards. That’s not much of an impact for the dynamic duo, but both players had one catch over 20 yards. They need more explosive plays down field in the coming weeks.  

The Falcons were supposed to be a juggernaut at home, but they only had the ball for 50 offensive plays. Four of those plays resulted in Matt Ryan sacks. Home is supposed to be a safe haven, and 13 points won’t cut it. Without the explosive playmakers contributing, Atlanta is heading down the barrel of another abysmal season. 


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