The Atlanta Falcons demolished the Houston Texans at home on Sunday.
The Atlanta Falcons are continuing to roll under new head coach and take advantage of the teams that they are supposed to beat. On Sunday, the game was no different as the Houston Texans were ran out of the Georgia Dome by the middle of the first quarter.
Early on, the new-look Falcons defense under defensive guru Dan Quinn forced the Texans into turning the ball over. After intercepting a Ryan Mallett pass, the Falcons went down the field and scored on a Devonta Freeman touchdown. In fact, the Falcons were energized all day by the big-play ability from Freeman, as the sophomore running back continued to emerge as an explosive player.
While Freeman was running all over the Texans with three rushing touchdowns on the day, the Falcons defense was doing their part too. After forcing an Arian Foster fumble, Desmond Trufant would scoop-and-score as he returned a touchdown 24 yards for a touchdown. He would recover two fumbles on the day.
That would be the story of the first half and the day for the Texans as they couldn’t hold onto the ball nor stop the Falcons offense. In the second half, it was more of the same as Devonta Freeman continued to run wild on the Texans. Not only was he a threat in the run game, but Freeman also made big plays in open space catching the ball.
Despite being down 28-0 at the half, the Texans would not turn back to Brian Hoyer at quarterback and instead stuck it out with Mallett. Devonta Freeman wasn’t the only running back getting in on the action Sunday. Terron Brown in the second half added a touchdown run of his own to put the Falcons up 42-0 as they blew out the Texans.
Finally down 42 points, the Texans would turn to Hoyer and they would put up some points on the board. Hoyer would find C.J. Fiedorowicz for the score to make it 42-7. The Texans would add another couple of touchdown off a garbage-time rushing touchdown behind Chris Polk and a touchdown pass to Cecil Shorts III. On the very last play of the game, the Texans would go for one more score, but a fumble led to Nate Stupar taking the ball 84 yards for a touchdown as time expired. That would be all in Atlanta, as the Falcons came away with the big 48-21 win.
Desmond Trufant, CB, Falcons: Two tackles, three passes deflected, two fumble recoveries and one touchdown.
Leonard Hankerson, WR, Falcons: Six receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons: 14 rushes for 68 yards and three touchdowns. Five receptions for 81 yards.
Atlanta was favored by six coming into the game. They had the spread covered after five minutes or so.
The Falcons remain at home next week when they take on the Washington Redskins. The Texans have a short turnaround as they have to prepare for a Thursday night home game against the Indianapolis Colts.
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