Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

About the Falcons

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

About the Falcons

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Coach: Dan Quinn (first year).

Record: 6-7 (tied for third in NFC South).

Last week: Lost 38-0 at Carolina.

This week: at Jaguars, 1 p.m. Sunday.

Next week: vs. Carolina.

OFFENSE

Play-caller: Coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

Analysis: Shanahan joined Quinn's staff after previously serving as the coordinator/play caller in Houston, Washington and Cleveland. Shanahan seemed ticketed for a head-coaching opportunity when the Redskins won the NFC East in 2012; instead, he's with his third team in as many years. ... The Falcons rank seventh in yards (374.6), 16th in rushing (104.5), seventh in passing (270.5), 19th in scoring (21.5), third on third down (44.6 percent) and 16th in red zone touchdown rate (56.8). ... The Falcons were shut out Sunday for the first time in 11 years. ... Atlanta is in danger of becoming the seventh team since 1970 to start 5-0 and not make the playoffs and the first to finish with a losing record. ... The offense goes through outstanding WR Julio Jones. He leads the NFL in receiving yards (1,426), catches (109) and targets (168). His 475 yards after the catch ranks second. ... QB Matt Ryan is fifth in passing yards (3,705), but 20th in touchdown throws (17) and 24th in passer rating (86.8). ... Former Florida State RB Devonta Freeman, a 2014 fourth-rounder, had three 100-yard games in the first six weeks, but has totaled less than 50 in his last four games. ... After Jones, the receivers are 11th-year man Roddy White (34 catches) and rookie fourth-round pick Justin Hardy (12). ... TE Jacob Tamme is third on the team with 51 catches (only one touchdown). ... On the offensive line, only LT Jake Matthews is a Falcons draft pick. ... The Falcons have allowed 28 sacks, including five by Carolina. ... Against the Panthers, the Falcons had five punts, four turnovers, two turnovers on downs and a kneel-down. …

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