Atlanta, GA — Matt Ryan was asked after practice on Wednesday what the team needs most to improve on. “the run game. if we can run the ball, we can hang with anyone.”

Sunday afternoon the Cincinnati Bengals got a taste of what that looks like. The Atlanta Falcons ran the ball. then they ran some more. And when they were done running, they ran again.


In Sunday’s match-up with the Bengals the Falcons rushed for 236 yards. Leading the way, Devonta Freeman rushed 23 times for 159 yards, followed by Tevin Coleman who gained 79 yards on 16 carries. The latter finished the day with 3 rushing TD’s, which could have been 4 TD’s had it not been for a controversial holding call on a long kickoff return in the 3rd quarter.

When it was all said and done, the two RB’s could be seen lauding there offensive line on the way into the locker room.ย  “Those hog mollies up front, that’s who you want to talk to. without them, me and free don’t gain a yard” explained Coleman. Veteran center Alex Mack spoke for the group ” we have heard the chatter around the league. this guy ahs skills, that guy is good. etc….. We play ball down here. We grind. and with those two toting the rock, we are gonna be a force to be reckoned with.”

Certainly the play on the field speaks for itself. If this team can continue to stay hot, and ride this wave, maybe we ill see them come playoff time. As for now, its off to face the struggling 1-3 Pittsburgh Steelers.

Play of the game

SCORE
7
Bengals
Team Stats
PENALTIES 1
PENALTY YARDS 15
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 6
3RD DOWN EFFICIENCY 0 - 7 , 0.0%
4TH DOWN EFFICIENCY 0 - 1 , 0.0%
2 POINT CONVERSIONS 0 - 0 , 0.0%
TRIPS TO RED ZONE 1
RED ZONE TOUCHDOWNS 0
RED ZONE FIELD GOALS 0
RED ZONE EFFICIENCY 0.0%
DEFENSIVE SACKS 0
DEFENSIVE FORCED FUMBLES 0
DEFENSIVE FORCED FUMBLES RECOVERED 0
Passing
PLAYER QBR COM / ATT PCT YDS TD INT SCK
A.Dalton 30.5 9 / 27 33.3 181 1 3 7
Rushing
PLAYER LG TD YDS ATT
G.Bernard 10 0 16 8
A.Dalton 0 0 0 0
Receiving
PLAYER REC AVG YDS YAC TDS DPS
A.Green 1 4.0 24 4 0 0
T.Boyd 2 5.5 51 11 0 0
T.Eifert 0 0.0 0 0 0 1
J.Ross 3 12.7 84 38 1 1
T.Kroft 1 10.0 8 10 0 0
G.Bernard 1 0.0 3 0 0 0
C.Coleman 1 0.0 11 0 0 0
Kicking
PLAYER FGA FGM AVG LNG 50+ ATT 50+ M XPA XPM XP%
R.Quigley 0 0 0.0% 0 0 0 0 0 0.0%
R.Bullock 0 0 0.0% 0 0 0 1 1 100.0%
Defense
PLAYER TKL SCK INT FF FFR TD PD
C.Fejedelem 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
S.Williams 6 0.0 0 0 0 0 1
S.Wright III 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
D.Dennard 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
C.Dunlap 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
V.Burfict 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
G.Atkins 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 1
V.Rey 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
P.Brown 5 0.0 1 0 0 0 0
W.Jackson 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 2
K.Toomer 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 2
C.Lawson 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
D.Phillips 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Punting
PLAYER PUNTS BLOCKS YDS AVG IN20 TB LNG
R.Quigley 5 0 166 26.800 0 0 37
SCORE
40
Falcons
Team Stats
PENALTIES 5
PENALTY YARDS 54
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 13
3RD DOWN EFFICIENCY 5 - 10 , 50.0%
4TH DOWN EFFICIENCY 0 - 0 , 0.0%
2 POINT CONVERSIONS 0 - 0 , 0.0%
TRIPS TO RED ZONE 6
RED ZONE TOUCHDOWNS 4
RED ZONE FIELD GOALS 1
RED ZONE EFFICIENCY 83.3%
DEFENSIVE SACKS 7
DEFENSIVE FORCED FUMBLES 2
DEFENSIVE FORCED FUMBLES RECOVERED 2
Passing
PLAYER QBR COM / ATT PCT YDS TD INT SCK
M.Ryan 77.9 8 / 14 57.1 115 1 1 0
Rushing
PLAYER LG TD YDS ATT
D.Freeman 67 0 159 23
M.Ryan 0 0 -2 2
T.Coleman 20 3 79 16
Receiving
PLAYER REC AVG YDS YAC TDS DPS
D.Freeman 2 10.0 12 20 1 0
M.Sanu Sr 2 5.0 32 10 0 1
J.Jones 4 5.0 71 20 0 0
Kicking
PLAYER FGA FGM AVG LNG 50+ ATT 50+ M XPA XPM XP%
M.Bryant 2 2 100.0% 48 0 0 5 4 80.0%
Defense
PLAYER TKL SCK INT FF FFR TD PD
D.Campbell 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 1
R.Alford 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
T.McKinley 2 2.5 0 1 0 0 0
D.Trufant 1 0.0 1 0 0 0 2
K.Neal 3 0.0 1 0 0 0 0
V.Beasley Jr 2 1.0 0 0 2 1 0
B.Poole 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
D.Jones 3 0.0 1 0 0 0 1
B.Reed 1 0.5 0 0 0 0 1
F.Oluokun 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
R.Allen 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 3
T.McClain 1 3.5 0 3 0 0 0
J.Bethel 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Punting
PLAYER PUNTS BLOCKS YDS AVG IN20 TB LNG
M.Bosher 4 0 168 32.000 1 2 43