NFL Season Opener: Twitter Reacts To Falcons' Loss To The Eagles

Elena Summers
September 9, 2018

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby pushes Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones out of bounds on the final play of the game at Lincoln Financial Field.

"It's great to have it at the right time if you can catch a team (off guard)", Foles said.

RED ZONE WOES: The Falcons were 1 for 5 in the red zone after struggling inside the opponents' 20 a year ago.

"I reminded the team that last night isn't going to define us, in terms of our red-zone play for the year", Quinn said.

Now, that's how you catch a football. "When you have to make the plays, you either make them or you don't". "We just put different people in the game", he told Bleeding Green Nation. The Falcons also hoped to get Julio Jones involved in play as much as possible and it worked between the sticks but when he was targeted just three times in the end zone, Ryan and Jones could not connect. Second-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian spent plenty of time in the offseason trying to improve the team's scoring efficiency. We were in 12 (one RB, 2 TEs).

Based on what he said, we should expect it to remain a theme throughout the season. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Ryan is 1-of-20 over the past two seasons, including the playoffs, when targeting Jones in the end zone. Jay Ajayi would score from 1 yard out later in the drive to give the Eagles their first lead of the game.

Ryan finished 21 of 43 for 251 yards and an interception, while Jones had 10 grabs for 169 yards, well over half of the Falcons' 299 yards of total offense. Jones propelled the Falcons to the doorstep of the end zone, then sat the next four plays out watching the offense fail in both scheme and execution. One, last night's game peaked with a 14.8/25 in the 9:30 - 9:45 PM ET period during the first quarter, which says a lot about viewership patterns. The crowd wasn't happy with the Eagles' first-half performance, which resulted in Philadelphia being down 6-3 at halftime.

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