Atlanta Falcons: 4 Ways to Fix the Terrible Run Defense

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Atlanta Falcons: 4 Ways to Fix the Terrible Run Defense
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This shouldn't happen.

The Atlanta Falcons are off to the best start in franchise history at 5-0. However, one glaring weakness remains, and that's the run defense. 

The Falcons are currently eighth in scoring defense, registering just 18.6 points allowed per game. But they seemingly have forgotten to stuff the run this season after putting up a top 10 performance in 2011.

Currently the Falcons are allowing the league's second-worst yards-per-carry at 5.4. They are also sixth-worst in yards-per-game at 142.8. They need to get these together before the blueprint to beat the Falcons includes pounding the rock as much as possible and draining clock out. 

Once that blueprint to be beaten is established, multiple teams will try to copy it, and that will only be bad for a surging Atlanta team. So, here are four ways that the Falcons can shore up the rushing defense this season.

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