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Appearing on Hard Knocks isn't indicative of much in terms of a team's success. It's a produced show that is trying to focus on the drama of a training camp, the intensity of a coach and the devastation of being cut.
It also illuminated that Ra'Shede Hageman is not adjusting that well to professional football.
He wasn't going to be a starter, but it drilled home how badly the Atlanta Falcons need to develop some defensive talent—particularly those who can get after the quarterback.
And top linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was featured as well because he'll be missing the whole season.
To recap, the team has a pair of decent defensive tackles, no pass-rushers and few linebackers of note. Matthew Stafford will have time to set up the passing game, which will stretch that defense out and open lanes for Reggie Bush to exploit.
That's not a good recipe for a team with its best red-zone threat retired. The Matt Ryan-led offense will be pretty good this year, but it's missing a cylinder that won't be replaced easily.
Score: Detroit 37, Atlanta 24
Record on Foreign Soil: Undefeated