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Cardinals vs. Falcons: Atlanta's offensive line struggles in victory

Atlanta had trouble generating a ground game or protecting Matt Ryan against Arizona.

Scott Cunningham

The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 23-19, in Week 11, but the result did not come without some issues. Atlanta's offense was plagued by dropped passes and turnovers, and the offensive line had difficulties containing Arizona's defensive line, as The Falcoholic noted afterward:

The offensive line couldn't run block and couldn't keep a clean pocket for Ryan. That's crippling for an offense, and it cost the Falcons points and yardage all game long. It may be time to start thinking about personnel changes, though I don't know what moves they can make that would actually improve things.

The Falcons finished the day with just 58 rushing yards and an average of 2.4 yards per carry. Running back Michael Turner was limited to 46 yards on 15 carries, though he did score a touchdown.

Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for more than 300 yards but also tossed five interceptions. The Falcons turned the ball over a total of six times and Arizona began three drives inside the Falcons' 20-yard line, all of which resulted in points. But Atlanta's defense was able to limit the Cardinals to field goals in two of those situations.

The 9-1 Falcons return to the field in Week 12, when they take on the division-rival Buccaneers.

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