Falcons offense takes step back in second game Print
Written by Admin   
Sunday, 17 August 2008 14:01
NFL Headline News

 ATLANTA (AP) -Rookie Matt Ryan and fellow quarterbacks Chris Redman and D.J. Shockley combined for three interceptions and one lost fumble in the Atlanta Falcons' 16-9 preseason loss Saturday to Indianapolis.
Running back Michael Turner had two long gains on Atlanta's first two possessions for a combined 115 yards. But neither resulted in a touchdown and the ground game averaged just 2.3 yards on its remaining 22 carries.
The Falcons, who were the NFL's fourth-worst scoring offense last season, went 0-for-5 on trips inside the Colts' 20-yard line.
``We weren't pleased with the outcome of the game,'' coach Mike Smith said. ``When you turn the ball over five times in any football game, you're going to have a hard time winning.''
Ryan, picked third in the NFL draft, played frantically in his second exhibition outing. Though the Colts sacked him only once, Ryan suffered from shaky protection and receivers who created little separation in coverage.
The Falcons used Ryan as their No. 2 quarterback for the second straight week, but the former Boston College standout lacked the composure he showed in his debut Aug. 10 at Jacksonville.
Smith thought Ryan made a bad read on the interception Indianapolis cornerback Kelvin Hayden returned for a 67-yard touchdown late in the second quarter. Hayden had little trouble stepping in front of Brian Finneran for an easy pick.
Ryan tried to look at what went right on the drive, which began at the 5 and included four first-down completions that covered 36 yards to Michael Jenkins and Roddy White.
``I just didn't make a good decision throwing the ball during that interception,'' Ryan said. ``You just have to learn from it. Hopefully I can take something away from that drive and allow it to benefit me in the future.''
None of Atlanta's quarterbacks looked sharp. Redman, who's still likely to start the season opener Sept. 7 against Detroit, and Shockley, who's battling Joey Harrington for the third-string job, threw interceptions in the fourth quarter.
As for Harrington, who took his turn in Smith's planned rotation of giving each quarterback a preseason start, he managed nothing substantial in two possessions that resulted in field goals in the first quarter.
 

NFL Team Pages

Top NFL Public Bets

#1 460 New Orleans Saints 83%
#2 453 Dallas Cowboys 82%
#3 467 Indianapolis Colts 81%
#4 267 Philadelphia Eagles 79%
#5 269 Atlanta Falcons 78%
#6 471 San Francisco 49ers 75%
#7 252 Oakland Raiders 75%
#8 470 New England Patriots 74%
#9 462 Cincinnati Bengals 74%
#10 266 San Diego Chargers 73%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NFL Futures

NFL TEAM CONFERENCE ODDS CURRENT
DENVER BRONCOS 8/5
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 12/5
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 4/1
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 11/2
GREEN BAY PACKERS 7/1
CINCINNATI BENGALS 7/1
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 8/1
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 9/1
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 10/1
CAROLINA PANTHERS 12/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com