By Justin Rocke
The Atlanta Falcons’ season took a grim turn towards the worst on Sunday as they fell to 1-4 through five contests with a 41-17 loss on the road to the previously 1-2-1 Pittsburgh Steelers.
Entering the matchup, a shootout seemed likely. Despite their poor start, Pittsburgh’s offense remained lethal, especially considering that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown were due to get back on the same page.
However, equally expected was an offensive outburst from the Falcons due to Pittsburgh’s tendency for ineptitude on that side of the ball over the year’s first four weeks.
After barely scraping the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and the Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco, the Steelers defense limited Atlanta’s potent offense to just 17 points and sacked quarterback Matt Ryan six times.
Tim Benz believed that the battle on the line of scrimmage looked shaky for the Falcons — Ryan was sacked 10 times in the first four weeks — but did not expect things to spiral so far out of control on Sunday.
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