The NFC Champs are back. Based on their first drive… they are ready to go.

That Offense Though…

Wow. The Falcons first team came out for Week 1 of the preseason and owned the night.

By far the biggest upside for the Falcons was their first drive. They looked ready to pick up where they left off last January. A high-powered machine with the perfect balance of run and pass.

Matt Ryan converted on fourth down with short pass to Devonta Freeman, who took it to the house for six points. Sure they worked with a short field, but in those five plays, it looked like magic.

The D-Line looks big.

Who would have guessed adding Dontari Poe would make the defensive line look big?

Sarcasm aside, the depth is there for the Falcons to have a powerful line. The first drive, they gang tackled well and forced a three and out.

It will be interesting to watch the line compete this preseason, especially when Takkarist McKinley gets his first snaps.

Rookies Saubert and Harlow did not impress.

Rookie tight end Eric Saubert had a bad holding penalty in the first half. It didn’t help to have a drop and one single catch for negative yards. It was a forgettable day for the young rook out of Drake.

Not as bad of a day, but rookie guard Sean Harlow underwhelmed. The only play he did anything worth note was a failed block leading to a tackle for loss on a run.

With McKinley not playing, the rookie class did not do anything too well against the Dolphins.

Falcons Fanbase sounds ready to cut ties with Jalen Collins.

Yikes. Type in the words “Jalen Collins” and “cut” on Twitter to find out how dirty bird fans feel about the suspended cornerback.

Collins is allowed to play in the preseason, and he looked like the worst cornerback on the field. One bad game is not a huge deal, but it appears Falcons fans are fed up with the young corner who is dealing with his second suspension in two years.

No sacks, but two interceptions on defense.

The most disappointing stat of the day was the big zero in the sack section of the scorecard.

With a monster defensive line, it would have been nice to see a more disruptive pocket for the Dolphins. Unfortunately, fans will have to wait another week for the first sack.

On the bright side, corner Jarnor Jones had a killer interception as well as De’Vondre Campbell.

Returners galore.

It looks like Falcon fans’ prayers to the football Gods have been answered.

Two… repeat… two players returned punts for more than 20 yards. A disappointing part of the 2016 NFC Champions game was their lack of a good returner. Andre Roberts returned the first punt for 39 yards to set up the first team for a touchdown drive. Marvin Hall also contributed a 26 yard punt return.

Final Word:

It was the first game back. Football is back. The Falcons are back.

It may have been a mixed bag, but it was still fun to watch the Falcons on the field again.

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Lead Writer for the Atlanta Falcons. Former Managing and Sports Editor at The Suffolk Journal. Former Host of Clash of the Rams: The Sports Talk Show.