9. Atlanta Falcons
Revenge was on the minds of the Atlanta Falcons heading into Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles after seeing how things played out last January, but unfortunately it was similar results on offense. Despite numerous key opportunities to find the end zone throughout the game, the Falcons only put up 12 points against the defending champions, and as a result will head into Week 2 with a 0-1 record.
Frustration seems to be at an all-time high for offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian when looking at all of the talent he gets to work with on offense, only to continue coming up way short each game. Nothing against Philadelphia’s defense since they were a big reach why the team was able to win the Super Bowl last year, but there was no reason for Atlanta to lose a game like this with all of their scoring chances, especially towards the end.
Also, why is Matt Ryan having such a difficult time with finding Julio Jones in the end zone when needed the most? Seeing how Jones was targeted 19 times in the opener while hauling in 10 catches for 169 yards but without a score shows how much Ryan is trying to force the football at times to his top target, which is hurting the Falcons as a team.