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They weren’t able to against Chicago, but we like their chances better.

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Atlanta had a relatively lame week running the football, thanks to mixed luck with blocking, a stout Chicago defensive line, and a less than stellar effort by Devonta Freeman and (in particular) Tevin Coleman. It’s safe to say I don’t expect that to be the case very often.

Will it be against Green Bay, though?

I do think Atlanta can pull down about 100 yards against Green Bay, but I don’t think this is the week that the ground game really explodes. Mike Daniels and that stout Packers line can be problematic, the team has a decent young set of linebackers, and they swarm to the ball pretty effectively. The Seahawks got about 80 yards behind a bad offensive line and did so only carrying the ball 18 times, but 40 of those yards were tied up in two carries by Russell Wilson. Atlanta won’t have it easy, but they should be able to get theirs.

Let’s hear your prediction for the game ahead for the likes of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, and then use this as your open thread for the night.

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Falcons fans buzzed around their new home to come see Atlanta play its first home game of the preseason.

ATLANTA — Mercedes-Benz Stadium came alive for the first time on Saturday evening. Falcons fans buzzed around their new home to come see Atlanta play its first home game of the 2017 preseason, a 24-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

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Although the Falcons dropped their third game of the preseason, there are still plenty of reasons for optimism as the regular season draws near. Coach Dan Quinn will have a lot of good film to review with his team before Thursday’s preseason finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After the game, Quinn took a moment to acknowledge all of the hard work that went into building Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“Before we begin tonight, I really want to acknowledge the thousands of men and women that really have poured a lot of their energy and time and heart into this stadium,” he said. “It’s unbelievable. Our team, we’re so damn excited to be here. So for all of the men and women who created this lasting legacy, we wanted to make sure we acknowledged all of you – how much we appreciate all of the work you’ve put in.

“As I said earlier, we were so damn excited to play. It didn’t turn out like we’d like, tonight, in terms of the way the finish happened for us, but I did want to acknowledge it’s so special to be here back with our fans and, in this, our home.”

Here are the five biggest takeaways from Saturday’s game.

Coleman stands out

The Falcons’ first-team offense didn’t look as sharp as it had thus far in the preseason, but running back Tevin Coleman was at least one starter who stood out.

Atlanta has shown some creative ways to get their speedster the ball in space, and it was effective in doing so against the Cardinals on Saturday. Coleman had three carries for 19 yards and caught one pass for 14 yards.

Starting running back Devonta Freeman missed his second straight preseason game as he continues to progress through the NFL’s concussion protocol. Freeman and Coleman form one of the league’s best backfield duos, and both players should see plenty of action in 2017.

Defensive newcomers make big plays

Atlanta’s depth on the defensive line improved greatly over the offseason, and two new additions made several big plays against the Cardinals.

First-round pick Takkarist McKinley showed nice burst as a pass-rusher and harassed Arizona’s quarterbacks when he was in the game. On one play, McKinley forced Drew Stanton to move up into the pocket where defensive tackle Jack Crawford was waiting for the sack.

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Everything had been going so right, and now it has all gone wrong. They finally scored a touchdown 57 minutes into the game.

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Lets take this quarter by quarter, as we saw fewer and fewer starters the later this terrible, painful, frustrating game went on. There was a lot to be excited about, but we might be getting a little worried.

First Quarter

The most important part of the game with most of the starters in. The defense looked good, but Matt Ryan came out the gate and tossed a pass a bit behind Levine Toilolo who popped it up. He followed it up with another uneven drive, with a lucky drop saving him from an interception, and another football bouncing off of Mohamed Sanu’s hands.

Tevin Coleman looked electric both up the middle and out on the edges. He could definitely be looking at a monster year.

The defense finally gave up some yards late in the first quarter, and Chris Johnson fumbles twice (!).

Deion Jones looked as impressive as he did last year, but I would have hoped for the defensive line to get more pressure on the statuesque Carson Palmer.

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Brandin Cooks ran the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2014. He clocked a 6.76-second three-cone, 3.81 short shuttle and 10.72 60-yard shuttle there at Lucas Oil Stadium as well. He is, by all accounts, fast.

But if there were any remaining questions about just how much top-end speed the Oregon State product possesses three years after he was drafted, NFL.com’s Next Gen Stats has answers.

In miles per hour.

According to Next Gen, Cooks posted two of the league’s 12-fastest plays during the 2016 season. With the football in his hands, pads – and a radio frequency identification chip – on his shoulders, and helmet on his head, the then-New Orleans Saint raced into the company of the following burners by year’s end.

NEXT GEN’S TOP SPEEDS OF 2016

  • Tyreek Hill: 23.24 mph in Week 2
  • Tyreek Hill: 22.77 mph in Week 12
  • DeSean Jackson: 22.60 mph in Week 13
  • Stefon Diggs: 22.50 mph in Week 2
  • Xavier Rhodes: 22.40 mph in Week 11 – tied
  • Brandin Cooks: 22.40 mph in Week 1 – tied
  • Mike Wallace: 22.34 mph in Week 6
  • Marquise Goodwin: 22.25 mph in Week 2 – tied
  • Tevin Coleman: 22.25 mph in Week 5 – tied
  • Johnny Holton: 22.23 mph in Week 7
  • Travis Benjamin: 22.17 mph in Week 2
  • Brandin Cooks: 22.13 mph in Week 15

And for Cooks, the race started in the opener against the Oakland Raiders.

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