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Why is Atlanta's defense struggling?

Why is Atlanta's defense struggling?

Last year, as the Falcons became the "Cinderella Story" of the NFL going from 4-12 to an 11-5 playoff team, rookie QB Matt Ryan got the most hype because cool-under-pressure demeanor. While Ryan was a key to their success, it was the defense that helped return them to postseason play and this year it's the reason they are going to be watching from home in January...

Injuries to players like Ryan and RB Michael Turner haven't helped matters and their offensive line has been a patchwork most of the season, but the defense has struggled this season ranking 30th against the pass and 23rd against the run. Last season, the Falcons could count on consistent pressure from DE John Abraham who posted a career-high 16.5 sacks, but this season he's... Recommended Stories

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