Harry Douglas

Atlanta's offense has disappeared during the month of October. Will the trip to London bring the Falcons good fortune.

It’s easy to be fooled by the offensive rankings of the Atlanta Falcons, but reality is starting to set in.  The Falcons now have the 23rd ranked rushing offense in the league, and they have all but abandoned the running game in the month of October. Overall, they are No.6 due to the top five passing offense.  Yet, when it comes down to it, Atlanta is not scoring enough points to win games.  

Ever since Harry Douglas went down with a foot injury against Tampa Bay, the Falcons have progressively slipped into the abyss.  However, Douglas was back at practice on Wednesday, so he might give it a go Sunday morning. From the moment they scored 56 points on the Bucs, scoring has decreased each week, all the way down to seven points in a loss to Baltimore.  Unfortunately, Atlanta hasn’t hit rock bottom yet, and that could come this week in London.  

The Falcons have the daunting task of playing the Detroit Lions and their incredible defense. While not placing a shutout this season, Detroit has held two teams (Green Bay, Minnesota) to single digits, and they haven’t given up more than 24 points in a game.  

They are first in rush defense, utilizing one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. As long as Atlanta isn’t committed to the run, they won’t put any pressure on Detroit’s defense. Somehow, Atlanta must create some sort of balance between pass and run. 

Detroit may be getting the services of Calvin Johnson on Sunday. According to Sportsline.com, Coach Jim Caldwell stated that Johnson felt good after Wednesday’s workout, and he’ll do more on Thursday. After getting shredded by the Chicago and Baltimore passing game in consecutive weeks, it doesn’t bode well if Atlanta has to face Calvin Johnson at full strength. Still, the Lions say he will be a game time decision.  

The Falcons’ Julio Jones was also nursing an ankle injury, and he was limited during Wednesday’s practice.  


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