It was billed as a battle of two great running games. But the Falcons passing game has stolen the show as Atlanta raced out to a 10-0 halftime lead over the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night.
Perhaps raced isn’t the right word. The Falcons have methodically chewed up the clock by converting 8-of-12 third downs, most on Matt Ryan passes. Ryan threw for 160 yards in the first half on an incredible 28 attempts. Michael Turner has only 19 yards on 10 rushing attempts, but is sure to get the ball plenty in the second half.
The Falcons didn’t hit many big plays, but the Ravens barely had any plays at all. They only moved the ball 76 yards in less than nine minutes of time of possession. The Ravens offense needs to make a play soon or the defense could run out of gas. Much like the Colts, the Falcons are great playing with the lead in their own stadium.