Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Falcons CB Desmond Trufant out off concussion protocol

Falcons CB Desmond Trufant out off concussion protocol

Sunday's loss showed exactly why Quinn harps on it all the time. The Saints are 15th in third-down defense (39 percent). Plus, the defense made some big stops in last week's win over Tampa Bay. At this point a year ago, the Falcons were also 7-5 and coming off a devastating home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, who returned an interception the length of field on a two-point conversion attempt for what turned out to be the winning points in a 29-28 stunner. It also snapped Matt Ryan's streak of 30 consecutive games with at least one scoring pass.

In order to make a playoff push, the Falcons can't fall back on bad habits like they did against the Vikings.

"Drew, I mean, he's unbelievable", Ryan said. "We'll get back to work, and I think we'll be just fine on Thursday".

"We're way better than nine points", Jones said.

"They are a very good defense". When you got a good run game going, it's huge.

They only have three days to sort it out. The players totally backed Quinn's decision to go with that field goal with 5 minutes, 4 seconds remaining and the Falcons facing fourth-and-4 from the Vikings' 27 rather than gamble and go for it. They are 11th in pass defense, allowing 217.3 passing yards per game and 12th in total defense at 330.1 yards per game.

The only other time the Falcons scored in single digits this season was a 23-7 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 7. In the end, the Atlanta Falcons are going to get Julio Jones going again.

-The absence of tight end Coby Fleener caused some personnel adjustments for the Saints, who use three tight ends with regularity. "We just have to get it fixed". The passing game and the rushing game are both 11th in the league, with a combined 365 yards per game. The Vikings were much more efficient and converted 6 of 12 third downs.

See what the latest playoff picture looks like and simulate your own playoff scenarios. The Panthers responded with a tying touchdown on the next possession but after that Dennis Allen's defense kept the Panthers under control, allowing just a 45-yard touchdown drive after a punt and late score with a three-score lead.

"I think they're improved on the defensive side of the ball". [Keenum] took what we gave him. "We'll try and keep them off their feet today, recover, rest". Whatever we gave them, they took. Ingram contributed 37 yards in six receptions.

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn says that cornerback Desmond Trufant is out of the league's concussion protocol and will play against the rival New Orleans Saints on Thursday evening, according to Kelsey Conway of the team's official website.

A setback to Atlanta's biggest rival would be devastating, especially since the Falcons trail both Carolina and Seattle (8-4) in the race for a pair of wild-card spots.

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