Third-Down Defense Is Killing FalconsOctober 18th, 2013
The numbers are staggering up in Atlanta. The Falcons’ defense is putrid on third down — worst in the league bad.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution penned a look at the Falcons’ futility.
Missed tackles and soft pass coverage is foiling the Falcons’ defensive scheme on third downs.
Teams have converted on 33 of 66 third-down situations for 50 percent inefficiency rate, which ranks 32nd in the league.
What is even more troubling is that the defense has not been able to stop offenses in third-and-long situations.
When confronted with situations of third-and-8 yards-plus, the defense has been getting scorched. Teams have converted of 10 of 22 (45.4 percent) in third-and-8-plus situations.
The Bucs’ stuck-in-the-mud offense could be just the tonic the Falcons need. Or the Bucs could be able to move the chains consistently and score points, and win the field position battle to give their defense plenty of good chances to shut down Atlanta’s depleted offense, which is missing Steven Jackson, Roddy White and Julio Jones.
Given how heinous the Falcons defense is right now. This will be a telling game for Mike Glennon and friends.