Lessons learned from NFL Week 9

November 9, 2021 08:40 PM
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We’re back on the horse for Week 10 of the NFL season, and what a week it is shaping up to be with contests that have playoff implications littering the board. This week let’s chat about two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum. One franchise has won and covered three of four and is cruising on offense. The other has dropped four of five and finds itself in the unfamiliar role of home underdog.

 

Falcons Finding Their Way Offensively

 

NFL seasons are long with plenty of opportunities to improve, and that is exactly what Arthur Smith and the Falcons have done. Since their Week 4 loss to Washington, Atlanta has averaged 25.4 points per game and 5.7 yards per play. The red zone, a thorn in the paw of Matt Ryan for a long time, has been a friendly place in which Atlanta has scored a touchdown on 63.2 percent of their possessions (12 of 19). The Falcons are averaging 2.44 points and 34.6 yards per possession, marks that would place them among the best in the league should they average that for the season. At the center of this success is Ryan, who has put together some great work over this five-game stretch.

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