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Saturday, August 24, 2013
Observation deck: Falcons-Titans

By Pat Yasinskas

The Atlanta Falcons frequently get talked about as a Super Bowl team. They didn’t look anything like that Saturday night.

The first-team offense couldn’t finish drives and the first-team defense had more than its share of breakdowns in a 27-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Atlanta fell to 0-3 for the preseason. The record doesn’t mean much, but the way the Falcons lost is a cause for concern. At least in the first two preseason games, there were plenty of bright spots. In this one, there weren’t many.

The Falcons trailed 20-6 by the time the starters were all out of the game and things didn’t get much better when the reserves came in. This wasn’t the kind of showing you would expect from a good team in its third preseason game.

Practice isn’t going to be a lot of fun for the Falcons when they return to practice next week because they have a lot of things to clean up.

Some other quick observations on the Falcons: