It’s early yet, but the Falcons are showing signs that their offense can move the ball on teams other than the Panthers, and that they don’t need Julio Jones to break records to do it.
The Falcons took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards for a touchdown, to give them an early lead at Denver.
Matt Ryan threw it to four different receivers, and Devonta Freeman scored from 1 yard out to give them an early lead over one of the league’s top defenses on the road.
After strafing the Panthers last week (with Jones posting 300 receiving yards), it’s an impressive start, as they’re up 10-0 in the first quarter.
The Broncos are starting Paxton Lynch at quarterback, and he converted a third down early but eventually had to give it back to the Falcons. And the way they’re scoring lately, you can’t afford to do that too often. They were held to a field goal on their next possession, but that’s still more than most teams have done.