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Halftime thoughts on Falcons-Skins

10/7/2012

LANDOVER, Md. -- The Atlanta Falcons are struggling as they try to start the season 5-0 for the first time in franchise history.

They’re tied, 7-7, with the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The Falcons put together a nice drive at the end of the first half and Matt Ryan hit Tony Gonzalez with 1-yard touchdown pass.

But Ryan didn’t have a great first half before that. He made two uncharacteristic mistakes.

Ryan had a pass intercepted by Ryan Kerrigan, who returned it for a touchdown with 10:11 remaining in the second quarter. Ryan and center Todd McClure also botched a snap with 4:56 remaining in the second and the Redskins put together a nice drive, but didn’t come away with any points as Billy Cundiff missed a field goal attempt.

Atlanta has played well on defense, but the Falcons need to get their offense going in the second half if they want to stay undefeated.

I'll be back with a Rapid Reaction soon after the game ends and a full column a couple of hours after that.