by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/14/14) After making a couple big plays to help secure a victory against the Saints in Week 1, the Falcons defense didn't do anything noteworthy Week 2 at Cincinnati.
Instead, it allowed 24 points on 472 yards. And that score would have been worse if kicker Mike Nugent hadn't missed three field goals.
Even worse, the Falcons didn't record a single sack or turnover in the game. They have yet to record a sack all season.
They'll hope for better results Thursday night against the Buccaneers.
William Moore contributes six more tackles
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/14/14) Falcons defensive back William Moore, who recorded six tackles in the season opener last week, had six more, including two solo, Week 2 at Cincinnati. He didn't force any fumbles like he did Week 1 against the Saints, though.
Moore averaged 5.4 tackles in his 16 games last season.
Joplo Bartu gets a bunch more tackles
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/14/14) Falcons linebacker Joplu Bartu, who had 10 tackles in the season opener last week, recorded another nine, including eight solo, Week 2 at Cincinnati.
Bartu now has more tackles through two games than he had during any two-game stretch as a rookie last season.
Paul Worrilow keeps piling up tackles
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/14/14) Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow, who had 15 tackles in the season opener last week, finished one short of that Week 2 at Cincinnati. He had 14 tackles, including six solo.
Worrilow averaged 12.2 tackles in his final nine games last season after beginning the year in a reserve role.
Falcons defense does as expected
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/7/14) The Falcons defense wasn't expected to slow the Saints' mighty offense Week 1 at Atlanta, and it didn't, allowing 34 points on 472 yards. But it at least had a couple of big plays.
Robert McClain made a nice play on the ball late in the third quarter, intercepting quarterback Drew Brees in the end zone, and William Moore forced a fumble out of Marques Colston in overtime. The Falcons didn't record a sack on the day.
They'll hope for better luck against the Bengals in Week 2.
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The Falcons are hoping that a swap to the 3-4 scheme and a beefed-up defensive front will translate into more defensive success in 2014. Atlanta added defensive linemen Tyson Jackson, Paul Soliai and rookie Ra'Shede Hageman to its three-man front and brought in safeties Dwight Lowery and rookie Dezmen Southward to help support a secondary that struggled last season. Last year the Falcons gave up over 2,100 rush yards along with 31 passing touchdowns while racking up just 32 sacks and 10 interceptions. Questions about where their pass rush will come from still persist but this should be an improved unit, particularly with Devin Hester assigned to return kicks and punts. Still, the Falcons begin the year with the Saints and Bengals, so that early-season schedule makes them a little nerve-racking. When they play the Bucs, Vikings and Giants in Weeks 3 through 5 then they could be considered a better option. So don't draft the Falcons DST -- look for them off waivers.