Six second half notes:
Peria Jerry finally got a couple pass rush hurries once his little brother, Dolphins guard John Jerry, left the game. This round went to the junior Jerry.
The Dolphins committed nine penalties for 75 yards, while the Falcons were only flagged for 17 yards.
Backup quarterback Chris Redman should play the first drive of every Falcons game while Matt Ryan jumps rope to burn nervous energy. The vet, who completed five of eight passes and threw a pretty touchdown to Brian Finneran, is simply more decisive and less fidgety than Ryan. An at-peace Ryan is one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks, but it often takes a few drives for him to find his rhythm.
Miami only attempted the Wildcat three times that I noted, totaling ten yards. Atlanta spent time preparing for the distinctly South Beach formation this week, but didn’t need to worry about it all that much tonight.
Matt Bryant missed an extra point, but we’re choosing to blame it on Sun Life Stadium’s infield dirt. Call it a broken bat dribbler that he failed to run out.
Returning Falcons update: receiver Harry Douglas caught four balls, and halfback Jerious Norwood got six touches. Both played for a while and absorbed significant contact.
Supposed bust Jamaal Anderson scored two tackles for loss and forced a dubious intentional grounding. The Falcon pass rush has looked very good all preseason, especially considering how half-hearted it was in 2009.
See The Falcoholic in the morning for expert analysis and at least one comment overstating the importance of preseason games.