Falcons Find Answers With Run Defense

Falcons Find Answers With Run Defense

Jay Adams

Published November 5, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Through the first six weeks of the season, the answer to how to keep up with the Falcons seemed fairly simple: To run with the Falcons, you, too, must run.

After the past two games, it might not be so simple anymore. After giving up 100 yards rushing in each of the previous six games, the Falcons have held their past two opponents to less than 100, leaving the Falcons with the impression Sunday night that they’re making progress.

“Every week, we want to improve in everything that we do — run, pass game, tackling, getting to the ball,” said defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, who finished Sunday’s game with seven tackles and a sack. “Every week we step out there, we want to improve and I think guys are starting to come along and are starting to gel together in the run game.”

The Falcons held the Cowboys — without their top rusher DeMarco Murray — to just 65 rushing yards. The week before against Philadelphia, the defensive unit held the LeSean McCoy-led Eagles to 92.

The Falcons credit the sudden turnaround to gelling better as a defense. The first six weeks of the season provided a bit of a learning curve with Mike Nolan’s new system.

“The more we play, the better we strive to get,” linebacker Stephen Nicholas said. “We’re looking to next week to get even better.”

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