Cardinals vs. Falcons, Week 11 reaction: Ugly win not encouraging for fans

Kevin C. Cox

Matt Ryan's five interceptions and an ineffective running game raise serious questions for the Falcons despite a 9-1 record.

Understandably, fans of the Atlanta Falcons weren't much for boasting after Atlanta topped the Arizona Cardinals, 23-19, and ran its record to 9-1, 5-0 at home. That's to be expected after quarterback Matt Ryan threw five interceptions and the Cardinals ran off 13 points in the first quarter alone.

Over at The Falcoholic, the negatives were certainly the story of the day, and despite the win, and the criticisms started with the passing game.

Matt Ryan threw five picks. ... Facing a dominant passing defense, the Falcons looked like a lost team.

When all was said and done, Ryan had thrown for more than 300 yards, including eight connections with receiver Roddy White for 123 yards. But Michael Turner led a rushing attack that registered just 2.4 yards per carry. It was only a strong day from the Falcons' defense that brought Atlanta its ninth win.

That type of production was not encouraging for the bloggers by any stretch.

These Atlanta Falcons are going to get absolutely destroyed if they play at this level against a team with an actual offense, and we have to worry about, no matter how good 9-1 feels.

All told, the Falcons did come away on Sunday with a victory, but the questions raised were certainly a concern for fans moving forward.

Walking off this field with a win is a minor miracle, however, and that's the part worth celebrating. The Falcons are virtual locks for the playoffs, which means the rest of the season provides a nice opportunity to work out the problems...

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