Taylor Gabriel took two short passes for touchdowns and the Atlanta Falcons returned from an off week to roll by visiting Arizona 38-19 on Sunday afternoon. Well, the Falcons have one, but entering this weekend, only the Raiders and three other teams allowed more yards per game. A 17-yard pass to J.J. Nelson that may or may not have been incomplete.
From being waived by the Browns to scoring touchdowns in four straight games for Atlanta, it's been a wild ride for Gabriel. The Falcons wan't to still prove that they won't falter after adversity like past year, and the Cardinals want to prove that they are better than their record presumes them to be.
While both plays were designed and executed well by the entire team, Gabriel displayed fantastic elusiveness and quickness to make the most of the blocking afforded to him.
The Cardinals (4-5-1) have slipped three games behind Seattle in the NFC West, and they've got to finish strong to have any shot at a wild card.
CHICAGO - Marcus Mariota completed 15 of 23 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns, and Tennessee staved off a late comeback attempt for a win over Chicago.
Falcons running back Tevin Coleman couldn't find much room to run in his return from injury.
Quarterback Matt Ryan is enjoying one of his finest season to date, ranking second in passing yards (3,247), third in passing touchdowns (24) and fourth in completion percentage (68.2).
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Larry Fitzgerald would catch four passes for 53 yards.
Maybe the most dominant all around player in the National Football League, despite what seems like an effort to not use the running game in the second half of games when Arizona is down. It wasn't enough to get the Cardinals a win. This is a far cry from their near-Super Bowl run a year ago. Johnson can't carry the team himself. None of that has happened for head coach Bruce Arians this season.
The Arizona Cardinals playoff hopes were stomped by the feet of Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman and the lackluster play of their own offensive line on Sunday. Atlanta are obviously in the more comfortable position, lying first in their division, an easier schedule coming up, and a 6-4 record in their back pocket.
"We used a number of different packages and sets", coach Dan Quinn said.
Minter and Bucannon are more than willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to make their presence felt, and more often than not, they do. "I feel like we went out there and we executed the way we practiced this week". We shall see who will come out on top on Sunday. This time, after the Cardinals roared 75 yards on nine plays for a touchdown on the game's opening drive, the Falcons countered soon afterward with a 72-yard march to the end zone. I love it. I love being here, and I love the opportunity that they gave me to show my talents. "So, I'm glad to be here, man". If they can take some momentum into next week's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, they could still be a factor in the NFC.
And the hole the Arizona Cardinals are digging themselves only keeps getting deeper and deeper.
That's frustrating, Arians and everyone else asked about it will say. "I think it came down to the turnover game". Blocking someone without help?