There may be a simple fix to turning around the Falcons offense. The identity for the team the past few seasons has been to run the ball effectively to set up the passing game. This season, that game plan has been used far more sparingly, mostly due to ineffective quarterback play. Despite losing to the Cardinals last Sunday, the team was able to run the ball with more force than in previous weeks.
The Falcons currently rank fifth in the league in rush yards with 1,304. So pretty good there. The problem lies in how many times they’ve cashed it in on the ground. The team has only nine rushing touchdowns on the season.
To compare, the Ravens (1st with 1,549 yards) have 19 scores on the ground and the Dolphins (1,331 yards) have 17.
If the Falcons can turn even a few of their field goals into touchdown it would go a long way in helping them turn some of these losses into wins. The margin in their last three losses has been below a touchdown. In fact, they’ve lost the last three games by a combined ten points. The math is simple.