"It felt great to still be able to produce like that at this level", he said. "We definitely have a lot of things to clean up, but we got what we set out for and that was a W".
While it is the Bears, and they're not expected to exactly be a threat in the NFC this season, the Falcons surely should be a dominant force considering the talent they have to work with.
With White's injury, the Bears have now lost both of their starting receivers.
That it was Brooks Reed, not Beasley or Jarrett or McKinley, beating Bobby Massie soundly and taking down Glennon for his second sack of the day may have surprised onlookers, but not the Falcons.
The one thing that stands out above all with the Atlanta defense is their speed.
Bears' Kevin White placed on IR with fractured shoulder blade
The Falcons were a surprise NFC champion a year ago, going from 8-8 in coach Dan Quinn's first season to 11-5. Holding Atlanta to just 67 total rushing yards when the clock hit zero.
Jones took a pass from quarterback Matt Ryan for a 25-yard gain in the second quarter for his 500 reception. Austin Hooper racked up 128 yards and a touchdown on two catches thanks to the 88-yard play, while Julio Jones was targeted five times and ended up with four catches for 66 yards. Equally, rookie linebacker Duke Riley missed a crucial tackle in the backfield on a key drive in the fourth quarter. But he dazzled at times during the preseason and sparked a quarterback debate in Chicago. Now it appears this will be season-ending, again. As we found out past year, Howard is a grinder who can wear a defense down.
"We knew coming into it, a tough front seven to go against, very hard to run the ball against them", Ryan said. "So that's what we expect him to do and he led his team". "It's a done deal, and we've got to look forward to Tampa". "That's what this week will be". First of all he's a backup masquerading as a starter and managed over 160 yards in the 4th quarter without his two most talented wide receivers in Cameron Meredith and Kevin White.
Hicks ran out of gas late in the game, which is a product of early-season fatigue, which contributed to his costly roughing the passer penalty. No wide receiver secured more than three receptions, and that certainly needs to change. In th receiving end, MyCol Pruitt posted 63 yards in three receptions while Adam Shaheen added 19 yards in three catches.
Fox said Friday he saw leadership abilities in Trubisky after only a brief time, leading to a decision this week to designate the former North Carolina star as the backup to Glennon ahead of veteran Mark Sanchez.
Cohen averaged 13.2 yards per run, 5.9 yards per catch and made himself a featured part of the Bears' offense in the process.