Falcons vs Browns Recap – Running game stole the show in 24-13 win

Kyle Shanahan did a great job getting Matt Ryan into rhythm mixing run and pass in 24-13 win against the Cleveland Browns.

Ryan completed  6 -11 passes for 78 yards. Devonta Freeman had 4 carries 42 yards rushing and scored on a 19 yard touchdown. Mohamed Sanu made his presence felt finishing with three receptions for 45 yards.

“I thought he really looked sharp and came out and performed (well), just getting some of the connections going right off the bat,” Quinn said about Ryan. “Any time when the running game and the play-action that goes along with it (is working), it’s a handful. And that was certainly the case tonight.” 

Defense

Robert Griffin gave Atlanta fits all night long completing 6/8 passes for 96 yards two touchdowns. Including a 50 yard touchdown to Terrell Pryor over Desmond Trufant.

Adrian Clayborn continues to showcase his pass rush skills sacking Griffin in the 2nd quarter. Paul Worrilow’s job seems to be in major trouble.

Both Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell had couple of plays where they looked like rookies, but for the most part had a good night. Paul Worrilow on the other hand struggled in coverage and missed a couple of tackles.

Story of the night was undoubtedly running game. Brandon Wilds ran wild with 8 carries 49 yards & a touchdown …Gus Johnson 5 carries 42 yards and Cyrus Gray 18 carries 76 yards rushing. Totaling 224 yards.

Dan Quinn had this to say about the running game.

“The running backs, the offensive line, I thought they stole the show tonight,” I was pleased with the running backs; they were totally pulling for one another.”

Final thoughts 

Kyle Shanahan did a great job with offensive balance. Got the running game going early and use it to create a lot of short easy throws for Ryan.

This is one area of the Falcons offense that has to stay consistent. Particularly on the road where crowds will be extremely loud. Having a running game that can chew up the clock will leave fans little to cheer for… Most importantly give Dan Quinn’s defense time to rest.

YES, I know it’s preseason but a big shout out goes to Kyle Shanahan for a improved offensive flow.

What are your thoughts Falcons Fans?

 

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