Gameweek 11 – Result Of The Week
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 17: Damontae Kazee #27 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after an interception against the Carolina Panthers during the second quarter of their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Gameweek 11 – Result Of The Week

Another gameweek, another monstrous road performance from the Atlanta Falcons and another UKPigskin ‘Result Of The Week’ award.

This is becoming quite the occurrence, isn’t it?

(You can see the full list of week 11 results here.)

It may not have had the shock factor that their week 10 performance against the New Orleans Saints held but the manner in which the Falcons tossed aside the Carolina Panthers in their own back yard could not be ignored.

Many (myself included) looked at the match up against the Saints as an anomaly and that may have been the case – in the New Orleans camp at least.

But if you were one of the many out there that thought the win for the Falcons was an anomaly, they certainly did their best to prove you wrong against the Panthers on Sunday.

Scoring points in every quarter, including an incredible 78-yard punt return and only conceding a field goal within the dying few minutes – these one time timid looking Falcons have started to look like real birds of prey since the bye.

The ever dominant wide receiver duo of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley look as good as anyone in the NFL and they are of course helped by the consistently impressive quarterback that is Matt Ryan.

But the offence was never really in question over in Atlanta, it was the defence that was facing the brunt of the criticism and it was the defence that, at times, looked as if they would have struggled against most college sides.

However, a change in coaching staff seems to have not only soothed the problem, but cured it altogether.

Raheem Morris who spent the first eight weeks coaching the wide receivers for reasons unknown to everyone on earth, was moved to his more natural position of defensive co-ordinator during the bye week and since then the Falcons have turned into a New England-esque Juggernaught.

A team that had seven sacks on the season now has 11 in two games and a team that was conceding on average 31 points per game across the first eight weeks, now concedes an average of only six.

Without turning into a full-on Atlanta love in, it has been a pretty drastic change in the NFC South and one that certainly deserves the recognition it has gotten over the last fortnight.

Whether or not this dominant form can be replicated week after week to march them towards an unlikely play off spot is yet to be known but if talk is true, then it may well take just that to keep Dan Quinn’s job alive.

Whatever the conclusion of this season, there is certainly a new found optimism in Atlanta, with fans truly believing that this is the core of a side that can rise up and reach the top.

A few special results may not equal a special season, but that special season may be just around the corner for these Falcons.