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Falcons Thoughts: Where’s the Run? Using Their Voice for Good, Learning to Finish

Sitting at 1-6 and losers again Sunday at home for the fourth time already this season, the Falcons have a short week as they get set to travel to take on the Panthers in Carolina.

The NFC South matchup should be an interesting one as Carolina comes in after a tough loss to the Saints, as they tried a 65-yard field goal in the final seconds to tie the game up.

Instead, the kick was just short, and the Saints were able to hold on for the 27-24 win.

Here’s a couple thoughts on the Falcons and what lies ahead this week as they get ready for the Cats on the road.

* How About Running the Ball?

Not much has gone right for the Falcons on offense in 2020, but one thing this team has to do better if they are going to have a successful second half is run the ball better.

Sunday against Detroit the team as a whole rushed for 66 yards, with Todd Gurley rushing for 63 of them in the loss.

Gurley only managed 2.7 yards per carry, but if you watched the game the Falcons offensive line wasn’t exactly opening up huge holes for the veteran back.

Then of course there’s the touchdown that many felt he should not have scored, yet another black eye on what’s been a bad season for this team.

* Can the Helmets Make a Difference?

With a lot of emphasis on players around the NFL making a change, the Falcons are doing the same with putting slogans on the back of their helmet for the 2020 season.

The Falcons are one of many teams trying to use their voice for change, and while the season certainly isn’t going the way they planned, it’s a positive that they are using their chance to be an influence in a positive way here in the 2020 season.

* Baby Steps in Learning to Finish

With Raheem Morris taking over as head coach after the dismissal of Dan Quinn, the Falcons thus far are 1-1, but they are still having major issues wrapping up and finishing games they should win.

Case and point Sunday, when they had the lead late against Matt Stafford and the Lions, yet could not figure out how to come up with one big play, and it came back to bite them in the rump in their last second loss.

Finishing might just be the biggest task this team has to get past to have somewhat of a successful rest of 2020.

“We’ve got to be better finishers,” Morris said. “Our rushers got to get home. You’ve got to hit the quarterback in those moments. You’ve got to have the ability to pick up the ball when a guy is scrambling around, throwing it up in the air. We’ve got to find ways to finish the game better.”

Let’s see if that starts Thursday on the road against the Panthers.


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