Falcons coach Dan Quinn expresses concern about ‘big-shot plays’ from Eagles’ DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffrey
The Philadelphia Eagles have one of the best receiving corps in the NFL, and that was on full display during their season-opening win over the Washington Redskins last Sunday, as DeSean Jackson hauled in eight receptions for 154 yards and a couple of touchdowns and Alshon Jeffery added five catches for 49 yards and a score of his own.
The Atlanta Falcons will be getting set to battle the Eagles at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday night, and head coach Dan Quinn is fully aware of the damage that both Jackson and Jeffery can cause:
Quinn says on 92.9 the Game his biggest concern going up vs. Eagles is the big-shot plays from Carson Wentz to DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffrey. Jackson coming off 8 catches, 154 yards, 2 TDs (53, 51 yards) in Eagles’ season-opening, 32-27 win over Redskins after being down 17-0.
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For a Falcons defense that is not known for being elite, this is certainly a problem that Quinn will need to address throughout the week.
Not only that, but Atlanta needs a win after dropping its season opener in a surprisingly anemic 28-12 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The good news is that it was not the Vikings’ passing game that did the Falcons in.
As a matter of fact, Kirk Cousins only threw 10 passes the entire game.
It was Minnesota’s opportunistic defense and running back Dalvin Cook, who punctured Atlanta’s defense for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns, that hurt the Falcons.
Atlanta is coming off of a disappointing 2018 campaign in which it won just seven games, ending its streak of two consecutive playoff appearances.
Of course, the Falcons made it all the way to the Super Bowl during the 2016 season before infamously blowing a 28-3 lead in what ended up being a crushing 34-28 loss to the New England Patriots.