Mike Smith looking for answers during four game losing streak

The Atlanta Falcons attempt to break the four game losing streak early Sunday morning. They face Detroit during a pivotal NFC contest in London.

The Atlanta Falcons come into their London game against Detroit, with a (2-5) record. So far, the Falcons only saving grace has been the dismal performance by every other team in the NFC South. Atlanta is currently sitting in third place, but they are only one game out in the win column.  

Unfortunately, Atlanta has bigger things to worry about than what the other teams in the division are doing. The Falcons haven’t won a game since September 18, and if they lose on Sunday, the next chance for a win won’t come until November.  

The Falcons have been in must win mode for the past three weeks, yet they haven’t capitalized on any opportunities. They’ve lost all four games away from home this season, so it doesn’t help that the Falcons are the home team in this neutral site game.  

During the four game losing streak, Atlanta hasn’t scored more than 28 points, and they haven’t given up fewer than 27. For the most part, these losses have been a total team effort.  After starting the season like a house of fire, the offense has cooled off immensely during the losing streak. Currently, Atlanta is giving up more point than they’ve scored this season.  

All five losses have been by double figures. However, Detroit hasn’t necessarily blown the doors off of their opponents this season.  Only three of the Lions’ five wins have been by double digits, while the other two were extremely close. That includes a one point win over New Orleans last week.  

If Atlanta expects to get back to their offensive ways, they’ll have to do it against one of the best defenses in the NFL. Detroit gives up 15 points per game and that’s good enough for second in the league. The Lions held two teams under 10 points, including Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. 

The defense is one reason why the Lions don’t have to rush Calvin Johnson back into the lineup. Johnson is questionable with an ankle injury that’s kept him out of two games. Another reason for the cautiousness, is the emergence of Golden Tate at wide receiver.  

Matt Ryan is still having an adequate season passing wise, but it’s not close to where the Falcons need him to be. Atlanta has already established that they aren’t a running team, so they must be more efficient in the passing game. The offensive line has done a good job protecting Ryan, but Detroit has managed 21 sacks in the first seven games.  

 

 
 
 
 

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