Broncos Vs. Falcons: William Moore Leads Surprise Secondary

The Atlanta Falcons weren't expected to take care of Peyton Manning by most experts' opinion, and they certainly weren't supposed to confuse and disable the legendary QB. But the Atlanta secondary did just that, grabbing three interceptions in the first quarter and creating four total turnovers in the Falcons' win.

Safety William Moore was the first Falcon defender to grab a pick from Manning on the third play of the game. Moore held back in zone coverage and, in new coordinator Mike Nolan's scheme, confused Manning by first showing blitz. The safety then peeled back and took the interception to the Broncos' 1-yard-line. Atlanta would score three plays later to go up 7-0, and the secondary would set the tone for the entire evening.

"Hopefully it makes a big statement throughout the league," Moore said. "I wouldn’t say we were underestimated or underrated, but we feel like we went out there and did our job. We played some football against one of the best. It was excellent for our secondary. We haven’t been together long with Asante (Samuel) coming in and Brent Grimes down. I feel like we stepped up."

Moore and fellow safety Thomas DeCoud will be relied upon heavily in the new scheme with the corner Grimes out for the season with a foot iinjury.

Read more on the Falcons at The Falcoholic and SB Nation Atlanta.

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.