Commentary

Falcons offense becoming elite

In breaking down Atlanta's no-huddle, the evidence hints at dominance

Originally Published: September 14, 2012
By Ron Jaworski | ESPN Insider

Perhaps overshadowed between the sensational Sunday debut of Robert Griffin III and the impressive "Monday Night Football" performance of Joe Flacco, Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan helped author one of Week 1's best offensive showings by taking apart the Kansas City Chiefs. The No. 10 offense in terms of yards per game in 2011, I think Week 1 showed us that Ryan and his fleet-footed teammates are about to take their high-flying act to new heights in 2012 and establish themselves as one of the truly elite offenses in the NFL.

It starts with the personnel. The Falcons can beat you in so many ways. We always knew they could run with Michael Turner and Jason Snelling, but the days of Turner getting 25 to 30 carries are done. It's the growth in the passing game that has taken the Falcons' attack to the next level.


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Ron Jaworski

NFL analyst / writer
Ron Jaworski is one of the most popular and knowledgeable analysts covering the NFL today. Since joining ESPN in 1990, the former standout NFL quarterback has covered the league from virtually every angle -- sideline reporter, game-site reporter, host and both studio and game analyst. From 2007-11, Jaworski occupied one of the most coveted positions in sports as a Monday Night Football analyst.