After all, the Saints had ranked in the bottom-two in defensive DVOA in each of the last three seasons, and they seemingly did not make a ton of personnel upgrades during the offseason.
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Add it all up and the Saints had a top-10 defense, one that was especially stingy against the pass. And it helped them achieve not just offense-defense balance, but balance within their offense as well. For the first time since 2009, Drew Brees threw less than 625 passes in a season. He averaged 656 attempts over the last seven years; he had just 536 this season.
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This isn’t much of an aha moment. Everyone playing in college is doing so with the aspiration of playing in the NFL. However, calling guys like Urban Meyer and Nick Saban the equivalent of minor-league coaches is a bit of an eye-opener. Also, for someone so recently removed from the NFL, Vrabel knows the dynamics between the leagues better than most current coaches (even though those dynamics are completely different from when he was Ohio State more than 20 years ago).
Falcons 6, Rams 0 Julio Jones sparked the Falcons’ offense a bit with two big plays, pushing Atlanta past midfield. The drive stalled out, but they got in range for Matt Bryant to boot a 51-yard field goal.
Falcons 3, Rams 0 Atlanta takes advantage of the turnover with a 29-yard field goal, getting the first points of the game.
The Falcons couldn’t do anything on offense, but got a lucky break on special teams. A punted ball bounced off a Rams player, becoming a live ball that the Falcons recovered deep in Rams territory.