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Raiders vs. Falcons, Week 6: Mike Smith addresses issues in run defense

In his Monday press conference, Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith addressed the Atlanta Falcons getting off to slow starts, and not defending the run very well.

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Even though the Atlanta Falcons are off to their best start in franchise history at 5-0, they're still starting games a bit slower than they would like to. Also, there's the issue of the run defense, with the Falcons in the top 10 in most yards given up on the ground this season.

Atlanta head coach Mike Smith acknowledged this much in his Monday press conference.

"We've got a lot of things to improve on. First thing that comes to mind on the defensive side of the football is we've got to be better stopping the run. We gave up over 100 yards, 125 yards of rushing in the game yesterday. Much better in the second half. Thought we did a nice job making some adjustments there at halftime, but we did give up too many yards. It's all fixable, everything we're talking about."

The Falcons hold wins over the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers and most recently the Washington Redskins Sunday.

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