Atlanta Falcons: 5 Takeaways from Week 1 Loss vs. Eagles

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The offensive line has a lot of work to do

Matt Ryan was harassed all night by the Eagles pass rush. Granted, they are very solid defensive front when it comes to rushing the quarterback, so they deserve a lot of credit. That still doesn’t excuse the poor performance from the Falcons offensive line. It felt like Ryan was met with pressure almost every other play, especially in the fourth quarter.

I mentioned earlier how Julio Jones is going to get injured if the offense keeps riding him. Ryan will be right there with him if this trend of giving up pressure continues. Ryan was sacked five times in this game. I don’t know how many hits or hurries he had, but it definitely felt up there.

It was at least enough to be one of the reasons why Ryan had a bad night.

It wasn’t just the poor pass protection, but the run blocking as well. There weren’t that many holes opening up for running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. That might explain why the two tailbacks only carried the ball a total of 15 times. It’s not like the game was out of reach. Then again, this is Steve Sarkisian we’re talking about here.

Still, the running attack barely produced, which once again give credit to the Eagles defense.

The offensive line was just flat most of the night. Hopefully this is just one bad game and they bounce back in week two. They have a few extra days at their disposal since they played on Thursday night which is necessary. They have a lot of work to do to figure it all out.