1. Texans Go Up Early: The Falcons’ defense started strong on the Texans’ first offensive drive, forcing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Houston first unit into a three-and-out with good run defense. The next time the Texans got the ball, it was a very different story. Fitzpatrick guided the Texans down the field on a 12-play scoring drive that included just two passes. The Texans put up just nine first downs last week in a shutout loss to the Cardinals.
2. Baker Carted Off: With just more than 10 minutes to go in the second quarter, the Falcons’ first-team offense came back onto the field for a fourth series. On the first play,
3. First Offense Can’t Find Rhythm: The Falcons’ offense had no problems getting rolling last week against Miami. Against the Texans’ vaunted defense, however, the rhythm wasn’t easy to come by. Even with Julio Jones returning to the mix for a quarter-and-a-half, the offense couldn’t get moving consistently. With manageable third-down situations, the Falcons’ first-team went 0-for-4 on the crucial down.
4. Second Offense Finds Paydirt:
5. Renfree Puts Together Solid Night: A bright spot for the Falcons was backup QB Renfree, who took plenty of snaps with the Falcons' second-team offense during the practice week. He came in before TJ Yates and put together a good night of work. He left the game in the second half after going 7-for-10 for 49 yards and one touchdown. His quarterback rating was 114.2.
Extra Reps: The Falcons' special teams units had a rough night. A field goal attempt and a punt were both blocked while the returners couldn't get clear running lanes. If they did, a penalty would set the offense back. ...