Arthur Smith on offensive struggles for Falcons: “It feels ugly right now”

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The Atlanta Falcons haven’t scored a touchdown in two games. They were shutout by the New England Patriots 25-0 on Thursday night for their first home shutout since 1988.

A Falcons season that was starting to look a bit interesting after a road win over the New Orleans Saints got them back to .500 after eight games, has quickly spiraled away with the offensive void over the last two weeks.

“It feels ugly right now and in this moment,” Smith told reporters after the game. “You feel, obviously, pretty poor. When you go and get to 4-4, get a big win and then, obviously you guys have all watched the last two games. We’ve done it before. It’s continual improvement. You hope not to ride the roller coaster. We’ve got to fix things and we’re going to get them fixed and we’ll get them fixed in a hurry.”

The Falcons really only had two significant chances to score offensively on Thursday night. A drive inside the Patriots red zone was thrown into reverse on a 13-yard sack of Matt Ryan on third down forced a field goal try. A successful kick from Younghoe Koo was negated due to illegal formation and the ensuing 50-yard attempt missed wide left.

The only other time Atlanta made it inside the red zone, they had consecutive runs stopped dead on third- and fourth-and-1 for a turnover on downs.

“There wasn’t a lot of things that we did well tonight offensively,” Smith said. “You don’t score points and you don’t take advantage when you do have the opportunity. … We didn’t do enough to put us in a chance to win at the end.”

The Falcons were held to just a field goal last week in a 43-3 romp from the Dallas Cowboys. Atlanta hasn’t scored a touchdown since a 6-yard touchdown from Olamide Zaccheaus on a pass from Ryan in the fourth quarter of their Week Nine win over the New Orleans Saints.

“We’ll take this weekend and do a lot of self reflection. We’re gonna get out of this hole. Because we have to and we will. And we’ve got the right guys to do it,” Smith said.

4 responses to “Arthur Smith on offensive struggles for Falcons: “It feels ugly right now”

  1. Can’t blame them for drafting Pitts, but it may be time to find a new QB. Matty Ice is well respected, but they need to start riding the young QB wave or they’re going to be stuck for years. They probably have the worst 2 backups you could ask for.

  2. This is what you get when you eschew the total rebuild. I like Matt Ryan but hes paid too highly when the Falcons have so many glaring needs. Its also pleasing that the Falcons are also paying Julio Jones to sit on IR for the Titans.

    Arthur Blank is a nice man, but he holds onto his stars too long.

  3. 4-5 while playing a last place schedule….smith has his hands full..maybe Patterson can start taking snaps and be used like Taysom Hill is by the saints….can’t hurt right?

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