Lack of big plays haunt Falcons in setback to Steelers


Sure the Falcons were playing a tough Pittsburgh Steelers defense Sunday on the road, but what exactly has happened to the teams big-play capacity on offense?

Wide out Roddy White was one of many to question where the big plays were against the Steelers, as the team never seemed to get on track on offense, with Matt Ryan doing more in terms of short passes and check downs.

“We’ve got too many play makers on this offense to not be scoring touchdowns,” running back Michael Turner said. “Guys are full of pride on this team so I have faith in those guys, including myself, that we are going to get the job done.”

Sunday’s lack of big plays included just one that went for more than 20 yards, and that was a 23-yard pass play from Ryan to Harry Douglas in the second quarter. Not good enough.

Look for Mike Smith and company to come up with some play calls this week that include deep passes, as well as look for the club to even try some trickery to get a play 30-50 yards downfield.

Against the Steelers, the Falcons also had pass plays of 20, 18, 17 and 15.

“We have to get some more explosive plays on offense to make the drives easier,” White said. “We are making it real hard on ourselves.” You can say that again.


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