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Bruce Irvin: F
Wow, did it seem like they missed Chris Clemons. Irvin was absent on Sunday and it seemed like they never even called his number against Atlanta.
Obviously rush defense is not his strength, but he was getting swallowed up by the right tackle over and over again. Regardless of what move he would try, it just did not work. He was constantly left on the turf and that really affected the Hawks ability to pressure Matt Ryan.
Brandon Mebane: D
He started to turn it around in the second half, but the Falcons were running wild on the interior rush in the first half. Mebane was a big part of that, as he was having trouble getting off blocks.
Regardless, he rarely made plays in the backfield, and Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers found success moving the ball by getting outside the tackles. Mebane, and the rest of the team, finished with no sacks on Sunday.
Alan Branch: F
Like the rest of the defensive line, it was a forgettable performance by Branch as well.
He finished with one tackle, and the Falcons finished with 167 rushing yards. It was an embarrassing performance for the entire defensive line, and Branch's day was no different.
Red Bryant: F
Bryant also had one tackle on the day, and without Chris Clemons, Bryant was seeing multiple lineman at times. He was unable to be the run stopper that he usually is, and he, along with the rest of the defensive line did not even get a hit on Matt Ryan.
Bryant was asked to do more without Clemons available, but he did not respond with a transcendent performance.