Archer: 'Have to play more to your capabilities if you’re Atlanta'

"Gut-check" against Cowboys coming Sunday

Wendy Adams
November 12, 2018 - 11:14 am

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The Atlanta Falcons suffered a "set-back" loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, 28-16. The loss moves the Falcons to 4-5 on the season, good enough for third in the NFC South and 1.5 games behind Minnesota for the final Wild Card spot. 

Falcons Radio Network analyst Dave Archer joined John and Hugh on Monday and said if this team wants any chance at the postseason, they'll need to play like they did in Week 9 against the Washington Redskins.

Look at the landscape. No one’s playing great football. You have the Vikings sitting at 5-3-1 and Panthers at 6-3, and you’re at 4-5. What happened to that Carolina team on Thursday? You have to play more to your capabilities if you’re Atlanta. It’ll be a gut-check this week against Dallas. I thought Dallas did Atlanta a favor last night by beating Philadelphia. You can eliminate them (Dallas) by beating them this weekend. And Philadelphia has to go to New Orleans. You’re not going to catch New Orleans now, but you have to beat them in their building and that’ll be a tall task.”​

Atlanta came out flat on both sides of the ball yesterday, but this 92-yard franchise-setting touchdown run by Browns running back Nick Chubb just about sums up the Falcons defensive struggles.

“Defensively, Atlanta had a tough time sorting out some looks they hadn’t seen (before), and they didn’t adjust to it very well," Archer said of some of the issues the Falcons faced on Sunday. "All the things that were happening defensively in the first five games when you were 1-4, came up yesterday. They didn’t tackle very well, weren’t lined up properly and played loose coverage."

Offensively, the Falcons, first in the league in third-down conversions heading into Sunday's game, were only able to convert 5-14 against the Browns defense.

We could all use one positive from Sunday's game, right? Julio Jones became the fastest receiver in NFL history to 10,000 receiving yards that came on this play: