Julio Jones is the real deal.
Rookie wide receiver Julio Jones is making a big impact in the Atlanta Falcons' offense. Jones racked up 127 receiving yards on 11 catches against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4.
His longest reception of the day went for 45 yards.
This is the second-straight week that Jones has had over 100 receiving yards. Everyone knows that the Falcons gave up a lot to draft Jones and it's looking more and more like a good move.
With Roddy White as a mentor for Jones, he is fitting in well and becoming a huge part of the Falcons offense. It's always a good sign when a player can come straight from college and have this big of an impact.
The only blank spot on Jones' stats is in the touchdown column. However, I expect to see that blank spot vanish soon.
Fans shouldn't be worried about Jones finding the end zone. Any rookie receiver with 127 yards and 11 catches is doing something right. He'll start getting touchdowns eventually.
When will the Falcons start being consistent?
The Falcons jumped out to a comfortable 24-7 lead in the first half. However, that lead dwindled away in the second half.
This is the second week in a row that the Falcons have shown signs of being a completely different team in the first and second half.
Last week, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Falcons' offense didn't come alive until the second half. This week, we saw the offense light it up during the first half and then slow down in the second.
The same troubles plagued the Falcons' defense this week, as well. The Seahawks had a much easier time driving down the field and scoring in the second half.
The only points the Seahawks put up in the first half came on a deep touchdown pass to Sidney Rice due to a free play. Then, in the second half, the Seahawks turned things around and scored 21 points.
As for the Falcons, they scored 24 points in the first half and 6 in the second.
It looked like Atlanta decided to stop playing football in the second half.
Atlanta needs to do a better job of staying in a consistent groove once they find it. In the second half, the Falcons lost most all of their offensive balance they had in the first. That simply can't happen if a team wants to win each week.
Once your team starts clicking and you're putting points on the board and getting defensive stops, it needs to stay that way.
If the Falcons had blown this win, which they almost did, the hell storm raining down in Atlanta right now would be massive.
An improved offensive line.
The offensive line has been the weakest part of the Falcons' offense so far this season. However, this week against Seattle, the O-line performed much better.
Matt Ryan did take some hits, but the Seahawks were unable to sack Ryan the entire game. Sure, the Seahawks aren't the best team, but seeing the O-line keep Ryan safe this week is huge.
In previous weeks, Ryan had been hitting the ground at an alarming rate. Ryan eventually getting injured was something many fans were worrying about.
Ryan stood by his O-line and suffered through the hits and it looks like it might have paid off.
The hits that Ryan took this week were nothing compared to what he had been going through in previous weeks.
When the Falcons take on the Packers next week, we'll see if what the O-line showed today was for real.
Let's hope the O-line has undergone a permanent improvement like they did back in 2009.
What I'd like to see in Week 5.
The Falcons will have their hands full when the Green Bay Packers come to Atlanta in Week 5. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense are putting up huge numbers and their defense seems to be locking down a bit more.
Along with seeing Atlanta stay consistent in both halves of the game, I'd like to see Matt Ryan spread the ball around a bit more. Not by much, but just a little.
Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White and Julio Jones accounted for 24 of Matt Ryan's 28 completions.
These guys are obviously the big three in the Falcons' passing game and that won't and shouldn't change. I don't think I'm alone when saying I'll never be upset when Jones has 11 catches.
Obviously, Ryan doesn't need to get away from targeting these guys often since they're the play makers.
However, I think getting Harry Douglas involved a bit more will help the Falcons' offense stay consistent through the entire game. I think Douglas has enough slot receiver talent to make a few catches here and there to help Atlanta keep their consistency.
Along with this, I want to see Mike Smith stop abandoning the run. The Falcons were a much more pass happy team in the second half this week.
The Seahawks did do a better job of shutting down Turner in the second half, but it seems like Smith is very quick to move away from the running game.
Hopefully we can see the offensive balance Atlanta showed in the first half last the entire game in Week 5.