The Atlanta Falcons did not have a good showing on Sunday afternoon against the Minnesota Vikings. With head coach Dan Quinn leading the way in Minnesota, the Falcons were upended by the Vikings en route to dropping the team’s regular season-opener by the score of 28-12.
However, the score was not truly indicative of how badly the Vikings beat the Falcons as Quinn’s men really stood absolutely no chance of winning from the opening whistle.
“We missed the mark today,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We missed it badly. … I’m disappointed with us in all three phases today. Three turnovers and a blocked punt all leading to touchdowns. The inability to create any takeaways as we did in that space, it’s not going to be good. We knew going in that the turnover battle would be key.”
Trailing 28-0 at the hands of the surging Vikings, the Falcons scored all 12 of the team’s points in garbage time in the fourth quarter. In reality, the Vikings did just about anything that they wanted in front of the hometown fans while the Falcons had trouble doing everything.
With Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins leading the way alongside running back Dalvin Cook, who impressed all day long, the Falcons could simply not keep up on offense as quarterback Matt Ryan looked off from the beginning of the game. It is no secret that Ryan dictates exactly how the team’s offensive attack plays out while a bad game from him will almost always lead to something troubling for Atlanta.
Things certainly won’t get easier for the slumping Falcons either as Atlanta will take on the 1-0 Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2 of the 2019-20 regular season. Even though the Falcons will be hosting the Eagles, who got a quick first-half scare from the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Atlanta will be forced to keep up with yet another high-powered offense.