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Falcons-Vikings takeaways, final score: Miscues overshadow Grady Jarrett's strong play

The Falcons kicked off the 2019 season with a 28-12 loss against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Here are some takeaways from their season-opening loss.

Falcons offense struggles

In the opening game, Atlanta's offense had a tough time right from the jump, as quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked on the very first play of the Falcons series. Ryan was sacked a total of four times and threw two interceptions in the game.

Before the game, left guard Jamon Brown and right tackle Matt Gono were listed among the team's inactive players. James Carpenter made the start at left guard while first-round picks Kaleb McGary and Chris Lindstrom started at right tackle, and right guard, respectively. McGary rotated with Ty Sambrailo throughout the game.

Falcons receiver Julio Jones had a slow day as well. Jones was targeted 11 times and caught six passes for 31 yards and a touchdown. Mohamed Sanu caught 5 passes for 57 yards and Calvin Ridley finished with 4 catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. For more on the offense, click here.


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Jarrett makes a statement

Despite the blowout loss, defensive tackle Grady Jarrett had a solid performance in his regular season debut. Jarrett recorded five tackles and came away with a sack on Kirk Cousins in the first quarter. For more on Jarrett's performance, click here.

Other notable performances

  • Defensive tackle Tyeler Davison led the team with eight tackles.
  • Linebacker De'Vondre Campbell had a solid performance, recording six tackles.
  • Linebacker Deion Jones played well, coming away with five tackles and getting in a couple of big hits.
  • Tight end Austin Hooper finished the game strong. Hooper led the team with nine catches for 77 yards.
  • Running back Ito Smith was Atlanta's leading rusher, finishing with six carries for 31 yards.

For those who want further analysis of Thursday's preseason game between the Falcons and Redskins, check out an archive of our live blog, below.

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