Bunker: Defensive execution was Falcons brightest achievement in MNF

"Falcons had a game plan on defense, a legitimate, well thought-out, well-schemed game plan and they accomplished it."

The Bunker Mentality
October 23, 2018 - 10:11 pm
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Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard went bananas Monday night when the New York Giants faced the Atlanta Falcons in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The duo combined for 13 catches on 19 targets, 310 yards receiving and a touchdown.

"The [Falcons'] corners got dusted [Monday] night," said Andy Bunker on his show The Bunker Mentality as the host reacted to the Monday Night Football matchup. 

While it would have been nice for Atlanta's secondary to show a bit more resistance, allowing Beckham and Shepard to tally stats was by design, Bunker assumed.

"The most valuable thing that happened Monday is something we haven't seen since Week 1," said Bunker. "And that was that the Falcons had a game plan on defense, a legitimate, well thought-out, well-schemed game plan and they accomplished it."

And the game plan seemed very clear:

Don't let Saquon Barkley beat you!

"They had a plan to stop Saquon Barkley and they did it," said Bunker. "That's inspiring.

Bunker went on to say that with all the injuries the Falcons have faced this season on defense, it doesn't matter how the team gets a particular job done. It matters only that they did it.

"They're missing so much talent on defense in terms of starters, that it's been tough to execute a defensive game plan," said Bunker.

Mission accomplished on Monday, though, as Barkley was held for the first time in his short NFL career to fewer than 100 all-purpose yards. He was halted at 94.

The Falcons realized that when Giants quarterback Eli Manning had thrown the ball 40-plus times this season, New York was 0-3. On Monday, Manning chucked it 38 times. Not quite 40... but close enough for the 'Make Eli beat you' trend to follow suit.

The Falcons' defense is broken. And outside linebacker and heart and soul of the defense Deion Jones possibly returning after the bye week, there isn't any help coming, That's why this beleaguered unit's showing on Monday was so vital. 

The defense stepped up. The defense slowed down one of the brightest young stars in the NFL and proved it could gel together and execute a game plan with a purpose.