Falcoholinks: All the news you need for Tuesday, Sept. 18

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    It’s the latest Womens Terrell McClain Jersey edition of Falcoholinks, your essential roundup of Falcons news. Today brings scary injury news, a Wild West-style shootout in the division, and more. The alarm bells are ringing for injuries The Falcons are already banged up and things look like they’re about to get worse. Takk McKinley is dealing with a groin injury with an uncertain prognosis, Andy Levitre may miss time, and Derrick Shelby’s also hurt. The Falcons are still largely fine on offense—Wes Schweitzer was great filling in—but minus Takk this defense is in much worse shape than it was two weeks ago. Hope for good news that may not come. The NFC South is wildI dunno if you missed it, but the division is a little bonkers early in the year. You have three 1-1 teams, with every single one of the Falcons http://www.atlantafalconsteamonline.com/ryan-schraeder-jersey , Panthers and Saints “enjoying” at least one dud performance, and the blazing hot Buccaneers atop it at 2-0. Our own Adnan Ikic broke down what happened while you were busy watching the Falcons on Sunday. Can the Bucs keep it up? History’s not on their side, not with Mike Smith randomly benching players and a spirited debate over Fitzmagic vs. the Bucs offense brewing. The talent has always been there, but the Bucs and Fitzpatrick have been bad bets for season-long success for a very long time.The offense is back!The return to relevance is no fluke. The jury’s still out on Steve Sarkisian’s ability to navigate elite defenses, but against a very good one in Carolina, he called an excellent game and the Falcons got 31 points. Matt Ryan’s bounceback from a fluky Week 1 performance, the arrival of Calvin Ridley, and the success of the ground game suggests that all that talk about the team just needing to execute better after Philly was accurate.Matt Ryan had one of the greatest losing efforts in NFL history There were plenty of reasons the Falcons lost their game against the New Orleans Saints. Matt Ryan was not one of them.Ryan has gone nuts the last two weeks Womens Brian Poole Jersey , accounting for nine touchdowns in eight quarters. Against a completely overmatched Saints secondary, Ryan was firing on all cylinders, repeatedly nailing downfield throws to pick up big gains for Calvin Ridley or Julio Jones. It was his best effort through the air all year, and one of the better efforts of his career in a loss.Naturally, it was also one of the best efforts in a loss ever. Such is the lot of Matt Ryan.Ryan finished the day with zero turnovers, 374 yards passing, and five touchdowns. He did that on a day where the ground game (outside of Ryan) accounted for about 40 yards, and the offensive line let him absorb a coupe of brutal sacks. Painfully Womens Grady Jarrett Jersey , Ryan and Tony Romo are the only two quarterbacks in NFL history to put up 140+ passer ratings in a game and lose twice. The other time was a game I’m not going to bring up right now because I’m in a tough place emotionally, but let’s just say watching the defense erase a great offensive performance was tragically familiar. This time, it had everything to do with injuries and failures of execution, rather than simple exhaustion.The encouraging note here is that Ryan is certainly not cooked, as some suggested after Week 1, and appears willing and able to keep the Falcons in games the rest of the way. The question is whether the defense can get healthy enough (or play well enough) to ensure the Falcons win them.

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