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The Atlanta Falcons sure didn't look like the team with such high expectations versus the Chicago Bears Sunday.
Matt Ryan threw for over 300 yards, but that was because the Falcons were playing from behind and he gave up a costly interception and a fumble.
And Ryan didn't have much help. The offensive line let Julius Peppers and other Bears defenders after the quarterback throughout the game.
Michael Turner ran for 100 yards, half of which were on a 53-yard carry, but he coughed the ball up at an inopportune time as well.
For a Falcons team that was so efficient last season, they were anything but on Sunday, converting on just 4-of-13 3rd downs.
Even though the Falcons are a tough match at home, they will see a dangerous Philadelphia Eagles team in Week 2.
And to add insult to injury, the Falcons will be without Jordan Babineaux who has a torn MCL and will sit for at least a few weeks.
If Corey Peters can come back on Sunday the Falcons will manage, but if not, they will be extraordinarily thin at the defensive tackle spot.
To get the win in Atlanta, the Falcons will have to go from mistake-prone to flawless.