The Falcons are undefeated, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have problems.
For a team with an offense that’s rolling, and seemingly moves the ball at will in the fourth quarter, they don’t have the same pound-it-out element they used to.
That had running back Michael Turner ambivalent about going into the bye week after he carried 11 times for 33 yards against the Raiders.
“Yeah, a win is a win,” Turner said, via Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “But we’re looking at something beyond just winning right now. We’re trying to be special and special teams don’t play like that.”
So far, quarterback Matt Ryan, kicker Matt Bryant and a defense that has played an opportunistic style has been enough. But that doesn’t satisfy Turner.
“I’m not sure why it’s going like this,” Turner said. “It’s great to be 6-0 and everything. But we can’t just assume we’re always going to be able to get an interception or a last-minute field goal every time. At some point we’re going to have to run the ball. We’ve got to be able to knock it in [the endzone].”
Turner has 84 carries for 357 yards this season. Throw out his 103-yard Fountain-of-Youth game against the Panthers, and he’s averaging 63.5 yards per game and a pedestrian 3.6 yards per carry.
Turner insists he hasn’t lost confidence, but the bigger question might be whether they’ve lost their confidence in him. Again, other than against a leaky Panthers run defense, the 30-year-old back has looked painfully ordinary this year, and that might have as much to do with his lack of action as anything else.