Falcons preparing for Todd Gurley’s “whole new motor”

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The Falcons played the Rams late in the 2016 season and crushed them 42-14 on their way to winning the NFC title, but there’s not much they can glean from that experience as they get ready for Saturday night’s game in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Those were the final days of the previous Rams regime and even the holdovers from that team bear little relationship to what defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel calls “totally a different team.” Running back Todd Gurley fits into that category as he’s gone from averaging 3.2 yards per carry to MVP contention thanks to the threat he provides on the ground and as a receiver.

“He’s playing with a whole new motor about himself than he did the year before,” Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Guys up front are playing pretty hard.”

The good news for the Falcons is that their defense has done well against running backs all year. They only allowed one back to cross 100 yards in a game and they closed out the year by allowing opponents an average of 84.3 rushing yards over the final six games. That kind of effort would go a long way toward putting the Falcons in position to pull off a road win on Saturday night.

10 responses to “Falcons preparing for Todd Gurley’s “whole new motor”

  1. Gurley is a BEAST but I’m not worried about it. Like the article states the Falcons have only given up one 100 yrd rusher all year. I expect the Falcons defense ( which has vastly improved to the number 9 ranked defense) to shut down the Rams running game and make Goff beat the Falcons with his arm….. Yeah good luck with that Rams.

    And good luck to the rest of the NFL if the Falcons can turn a corner on offense. The Falcons worst enemy is themselves.

  2. Wasn’t aware the Falcons have done so well against RB’s all year. Though they haven’t seen anyone on Gurley’s level.
    Going to be a fun one to watch.

  3. As a Rams fan who as also watched quite a few Falcons games I have no problem saying he has his work cut out for him in the running game as the their defense is very fast and aggressive. With that being said Gurley is a monster in the screen pass game and if the Falcons aren’t properly prepared to defend it it’s going to be a long day for that defense.

  4. dirtybirdnation says:
    January 4, 2018 at 9:10 am
    Gurley is a BEAST but I’m not worried about it. Like the article states the Falcons have only given up one 100 yrd rusher all year. I expect the Falcons defense ( which has vastly improved to the number 9 ranked defense) to shut down the Rams running game and make Goff beat the Falcons with his arm….. Yeah good luck with that Rams.

    And good luck to the rest of the NFL if the Falcons can turn a corner on offense. The Falcons worst enemy is themselves.

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    The Eagles were and are the #1 run defense and only allowed one 100+ yard rusher all year and that was with 2nd and 3rd string defense in week 17.
    Gurley was still very effective when they played the rams, don’t play down how effective Gurley can be, good chance it’ll come back and bite you

  5. schmitty2 says:
    January 4, 2018 at 10:08 am

    With that being said Gurley is a monster in the screen pass game and if the Falcons aren’t properly prepared to defend it it’s going to be a long day for that defense.

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    Agreed that would be a long day for the Falcons, but then AGAIN playing the Saints twice a year and their screen happy offense. I think we’ll be OK.

  6. mm556 says:
    January 4, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Gurley was still very effective when they played the rams, don’t play down how effective Gurley can be, good chance it’ll come back and bite you.

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    No one is down playing Gurley. As a life long resident of Atlanta, I know very well what can do and I’m sure the Falcons do as well.

  7. mm556 says:
    January 4, 2018 at 10:15 am

    The Eagles were and are the #1 run defense and only allowed one 100+ yard rusher all year and that was with 2nd and 3rd string defense in week 17.

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    Forgot to mention the Eagles also played the easiest schedule in the NFL in terms of opponents overall record.

    It’s easy to pad numbers when you play trash all year.

  8. So conflicted…want my Birds to win obviously but also a big #DAWGS fan and love Gurley. Oh well, go Birds! (oh and GO DAWGS!!! National Championship here we come!)

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