Three Keys To A Falcons Victory - Week 8

Todd Bowles still believes in the aging Matt Forte

I think we ran the ball only 20 times, something like that. From kickoff to the end of the game it was coming down pretty hard. It's not a time to take a shot and see if you can go make a play. For fantasy football owners that own wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, is he even worth starting in Week 8 action against the Atlanta Falcons? He kept his right hand tucked away in the towel right up until it was time to snap the ball.

Quarterback Josh McCown completed almost 80 percent of his passes for 257 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but outside of the plays Anderson made, most of the Jets' throws were of the short-yardage variety.

But doesn't coach Dan Quinn always preach, more than anything, handling business in the division? Ryan faces a Panthers defense in Week 9 that allowed him to throw over 500 yards and four touchdowns in their final match-up in 2016. With more consistency on offense, the defenders had the opportunity to rest on the sidelines, and it showed in the fourth quarter.

The Falcons are in the hunt for the NFC South crown and their next challenge comes against a scrappy Jets team. Through eight games, the results have been mixed. The last four weeks of the season are all division games, with road trips to Tampa and New Orleans sandwiched between a Week 14 Thursday night home game against the Saints. "I'm always trying to do something and make a play".

The Jets, though, haven't been particularly effective running the ball. So, when NY finished with just 43 yards on the ground on 22 carries, Forte was a bit confused.

"Outside there was a lot of noise, but not inside", Quinn said. (There) should have been at least one person getting 20 carries - something like that - with the way the weather was. "I mean, we're going to handle that".

"I don't really think we ran the ball enough with the weather being the way it was", Forte said.

But despite his disagreements, Forte says he was not ready to be confrontational with offensive coordinator John Morton.

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