Though he only played a handful of drives several hours ago, Julio Jones provided the most memorable performance in the Atlanta Falcons 28-23 preseason-opening loss to the Miami Dolphins. And he did it with only three touches, too -- two catches for 20 or more yards each and an end-around, all of them featuring powerful running.
Atlanta targeted him on its first two offensive plays, too. Seeing what the kid can do was clearly task No. 1 for this game.
If you care about why a preseason game was won or lost, you could point to big plays. Chad Henne struck Chris Owens for a 44-yard touchdown pass to Brian Hartline and Philip Livas ran back a 75-yard punt return for another score. Gotta stop those. <-- advice
The Falcons first-string defense was completely dominant, other than that one Henne touchdown. Matt Ryan looked polished (six of 10 for 90 yards), Adam Froman got a chance to show what he can do in a mock-tense situation (six of 13 for 45 yards) and various other things happened. Head to The Falcoholic for details and discussion.