"The streak stops at one." That’s what a bunch of players, following coach Mike Smith’s lead, were saying in the days after a season-opening loss to New Orleans. The saying worked as the Falcons kept up their uncanny knack for avoiding back-to-back losses. They now are 21-3 in games after a loss since Smith took over in 2008. The Falcons haven’t had back-to-back losses since the 2009 season.
The offensive line was better. This unit took a lot of criticism after the season opener, but it held up fairly well against a good St. Louis front four. The line likely is going to stay under the microscope all season, but there were signs of improvement.
Making a case.Julio Jones is showing signs he might be the best receiver in the NFL. He had 11 catches for 182 yards and a touchdown on a day when an ankle injury reduced Roddy White to not much more than a decoy.