Atlanta scored six unanswered touchdowns, three by Devonta Freeman, to complete a lopsided 48-21 victory over the Houston Texans at the Georgia Dome.
The final score doesn’t begin to tell exactly how lopsided the game actually played out. Texans defensive end J.J Watt summed it up during post-game interviews. “We played absolutely pitiful football today,” said Watt.
While the Texans struggled the Falcons picked up where they left off in Dallas. Atlanta scored five offensive touchdowns and two defensive touchdowns. The last score an 84-yard fumble recovery by linebacker Nate Stupar with 1-second remaining. Yeah, it was that kind of ugly.
The matchup was supposed to be the Texans front seven featuring JJ Watt, Brian Cushing, Jadaveon Clowney, Vince Woolfork, et.al against the surprisingly successful Falcons no-name offensive line. Early on the Texans had some success batting down Matt Ryan’s passes but they only sacked the Atlanta signal-caller twice.
Not only were the Texans unable to affect Ryan, they couldn’t contain Devonta Freeman. The second-year running back followed up his performance against Dallas with 68 yards rushing, 81 yards receiving, and three touchdowns.
Freeman’s performance over the last two weeks was of no surprise to his coach or teammates. “I’m not surprised at all,” said Head Coach Dan Quinn. “The amount of grit and toughness that he plays with, he just loves to battle. I thought it was a real demonstration of his toughness, and all of the energy that he brings to our team.”
The Fed Ex Ground Player of the Week for Week 3 scored the Falcons first two touchdowns on spirited runs of 16 and 23 yards straight through the heart of the Texans defense.
Desmond Trufant got in on the scoring courtesy of a fumble by Arian Foster forced by linebacker O’Brien Schofield.
The game was fairly out of reach by the end of the third quarter with the Falcons ahead 42-0. With most of the starters on the sideline, Houston scored three touchdowns in the fourth. Backup quarterback Brian Hoyer replaced starter Ryan Mallett in the Texans final possession in the third and guided the offense to three consecutive scoring drives.
Atlanta will welcome Washington, also a winner on Sunday, to the Georgia Dome next Sunday. The Falcons can run their streak over the NFC East to 4-0 with a win.