“We’d like to be able to do that every week,” Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan following the team’s 31-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
It was a call for more balance in the offense – and that call was answered in the Georgia Dome against the NFC South rival Panthers.
Behind Michael Turner’s 27-carry, 139-yard, two-touchdown performance, the Falcons got back to .500 with their third victory of the season.
The 35:22 run to pass ratio was a testament to the outstanding offensive line play.
“It started with the O-line. They came out with a nasty attitude today, that they were going to move the line of scrimmage,” Turner said. “I love to see green, man. You give me some space, I’ll do what I do.”
Three timely interceptions of Cam Newton, coupled with four touchdowns in five red zone trips, the Falcons clearly showed signs of turning around their season on Sunday against Carolina.
More importantly, the Falcons got their identity back, which is: running the football.
“We need to get our identity back, and that starts with running the football,” Turner said. “We want to bury teams, not just let up.”
No time to let up, as the club visits the Motor City next week to battle the 5-1 Lions.
Next: 3-3 Falcons at Detroit Lions, Sunday October 23, 1 ET.