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.
the falcons the falcons
weeks 1-10 weeks 11-17 pic.twitter.com/ZtCJS0Dvpg
— 𝙧𝙖𝙮 ☃️🦋🙁¹¹ (@arkeshrayyy) November 29, 2020
Falcons turn into Super Bowl contenders after Week 8 every year man LMAOOOOO sickening
— hashim (@___hash___) November 29, 2020
MOOD TODAY pic.twitter.com/L0gJXIJYTr
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) November 29, 2020
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) November 29, 2020
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With 5 forced turnovers and 5 sacks, the Falcons dominate the Raiders 43-6.
The Birds improve to 4-and-2 under interim coach Raheem Morris.
— Buck Lanford (@BuckFOX5) November 29, 2020
— Judgmental Sports Analysis (@JudgmentalAnal) November 29, 2020
Where has this defense been all season? @AtlantaFalcons there’s no excuse
— Alex Koplin (@koplin79) November 29, 2020
Atlanta Falcons decided to play defense today
— Phuong Nguyen (@xVietcongx) November 29, 2020
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.
I’m warming up to Raheem Morris as long as he makes a move at OC. Dirk has got to go.
— 🍊🏈Bill4volz🏀🍊 (@Bill4Volz) November 30, 2020
Give Raheem Morris the job!!!! Just get Dirk Koetter out of ATL after this season.
— Jordan Frye (@AtlFrye5) November 30, 2020
I think Raheem Morris just put in a great application
— Tier (@TierRaiders22) November 30, 2020
Raheem Morris is 4-2? pic.twitter.com/1z7cKn6dVf
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) November 30, 2020
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.
Josh Jacobs sent him flying. pic.twitter.com/zHMgtP8tTU
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 29, 2020
“Anyone stands in my way they flattened.. CHOO CHOO! -CT from MTV.. and also Josh Jacobs to the Falcons right now #LVvsATL
— LRich14 (@Shmookie_Duke) November 29, 2020
Let’s talk about how Josh Jacobs just threw det boy 🤣🤣Dem Falcons is trash
— Zeekひ (@ZeekSosa) November 29, 2020
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.