The Falcons ran their winning streak to four games in Denver on Sunday with a 23-16 win that followed a different blueprint from the previous week’s victory over the Panthers.
Matt Ryan threw the ball all over the field against Carolina, but yards were a bit harder to come by against the team that knocked off the Panthers in the Super Bowl last season. That left a little more work for the Falcons defense and the unit came through.
The Falcons sacked Paxton Lynch six times and forced the only turnover of the game, although there could have been two others with a bit more fumble luck. Linebacker Vic Beasley stripped Lynch twice as part of his best day as a pro. Beasley had 3.5 sacks and two other quarterback hits in the kind of performance that the Falcons were banking on getting when they made Beasley a first-round pick in 2015.
“It was a great feeling,” Beasley said, via the team’s website. “Our team came out and played together. As for myself, I was relentless, and I kept going despite other weeks when I [didn’t get a sack]. … I was just relentless. I set up my tackle — my opponent — and I used different moves.”
Beasley only produced four sacks as a rookie and battled a shoulder injury before an offseason position switch that the Falcons hoped would lead to better results. Sunday was the kind of day they were hoping to see and more of the same from Beasley in the coming weeks will go a long way toward keeping the Falcons on the perch at the top of the standings they enjoy after five weeks.