DEFENSIVE LINE:A The two guys pictured to our left, along with the rest of this group up front played a wonderful game. Mo Wilkerson led the group with six tackles, five solo, along with a sack and a forced fumble. They were challenged all game long to stop the run, and other than just a few plays here and there, they did just that. The Falcons ran for less than three yards per carry, which gives us what we need to know.
LINEBACKERS:B+ The linebacking crew looked good as well, led by the ageless David Harris, with 11.5 tackles, nine of them solo. Demario Davis flew all over the field as well with five solo tackles and 6.5 overall. The only blemish against the linebackers was Tony Gonzalez. Although he did not reach the end zone, he did put up ten more receptions for nearly 100 yards. Other than that, they looked quite good.
DEFENSIVE BACKS:B+ For most of the game, this group kept Matt Ryan and crew from pushing the ball down the field. Other than the 46 yarder to Julio Jones late, the longest completion they allowed was 18 yards. They did, however, allow Matt Ryan to throw for a rating of over 100, so the grade is kept down a bit. Bottom line is they didn’t let Matt Ryan beat them with his arm.
SPECIAL TEAMS:A+ Great night for the special teams crew. Jeremy Kerley had a huge punt return to set up a score. Nick Folk was money, like he always is, and they added a blocked punt. They can’t play much better than that.
What do you all think?