This was a Falcons team the league had yet to see this season after starting 0-5, before the job was handed over to interim coach Raheem Morris. Now, under Morris, the Falcons are 4- 2 with an overall of 4-7.
While the Falcons offense scored a lot, yes, the defense gave them the opportunity too and Matt Ryan gave most of the victory credit to them today.
“We did it because our defense put us in a lot of good positions, Ryan said via Atlanta Journal-Consitution. That was the story of the day. I thought our defense played extremely well and gave us a lot of short field opportunities. We came away with a handful of touchdowns and could still be a little bit better. All-in-all it was a good team effort.”
In total, the Falcons allowed 243 yards, accumulated five sacks, five turnovers, went 3-12 on 3rd down. This was the kind of defensive performance fans have been waiting for all season.
NFL Twitter Reacts to Falcons Turnaround Performance
Similar to last season, the Falcons’ defense turned didn’t decide to get better until the second half of the year. NFL fans took that fact and ran with it on Twitter and the responses are hilarious.
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Falcons Fans Are Growing to Like Raheem Morris
Week by week, Falcons interim coach is starting to grow on Falcons fans. In fact, fans took to Twitter today to praise Sunday’s performance and suggest Atlanta give him the vacant head coaching job.
For what it’s worth, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden believes he’s worthy of the position.
“Raheem is a heck of a coach,” Gruden said ahead of today’s matchup. “He’s a great guy and he knows the game inside out. I pull for him every week, except this week. I can’t wait to see him, can’t wait to compete against him and I know he’s going to have those guys ready.”
Raiders Running Back Delivers Huge Hit
Twitter also responded to Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, who sent Falcons cornerback Darqueze Dennard flying, literally.
Unfortunately for Jacobs, he was called for a helmet-to-helmet penalty on the play which erased any gains that the Vegas running back made. The Raiders would then punt the ball away after the penalty.
Jacobs leads the ground game for Vegas with 755 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He also has 24 receptions for 158 yards but has yet to record a touchdown in the air.