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Rookie Tarik Cohen is off to a good start with the Bears. He finished with two catches for six yards and appeared to be unsure of himself for much of the day.

That, in all likelyhood, would have given the Bears a stunning Week 1 win over the defending NFC champion Falcons at Soldier Field. They did a real good job of creating plays for him to get the ball in his hands so he can do what he does.

The Falcons scored the game's next 10 points to take a 20-10 lead.

Had it been for one more play or one fewer breakdown, it would've been different for the Bears on Sunday. The Falcons worked to develop Campbell as a pass-rusher this offseason, and while he didn't record any sacks against the Bears, there were several plays where he generated pressure. There were also a couple of holding calls on Jake Matthews and Andy Levitre. Ryan Pace probably did as well. "But I think we're capable of getting better as we go". The Falcons averaged just under 34 points per game previous year, double what the Bears were able to score. Second-round pick Adam Shaheen's progress was slow in preseason, while Cohen made the most of every opportunity, whether with the first team as a running back or as a third-down back, with the second team or in kick and punt return situations. He kept popping back up, though - "I'm used to taking hits", Cohen said - and then flashed his own physicality on a 19-yard touchdown reception on which he lowered his shoulder into Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant to get in the end zone. On Sunday, he hauled in his 500th National Football League reception during Atlanta's opener versus the Bears. The 28-year-old is No. 3 on the franchise's all-time list, trailing only Roddy White (808 receptions) and Tony Gonzalez (573).

The Defense Had Many Ups. "We saw a lot of run". The biggest sack of the game came from Brook Reeds on the last play.

It was a disappointing debut for Atlanta's new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who seemed to be pressing all the wrong buttons.

For one game, at least, Cohen was able to do just that. Atlanta has to do a better job of setting the edge and finishing their tackles. But with a chance to win the game, Glennon was left without a top target. This was just because they didn't identify the backs coming out of the backfield.

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