This is exactly the type of game I was hoping we would see - this young "retooling" Hawks team playing the top team in the NFL (IMO) down to the wire. I loved what the players had to say after the game. Pretty much every o-lineman was fired up about how they handled Suh, Donald and the rest of that front 7. A lot of "I don't think they're looking forward to playing us again." Hope that ends up being true.
Offense played great. Really felt like we might end up on the top side of this game, very similar to our win at home against the Steelers a couple years ago. Once again, though, our offense has to burn another TO because we can't get to the line and set up and/or we can't get the play in in-time to get the play off. This has been driving me absolutely nuts over the last few games. We keep blowing TOs on things that are football 101. Then the penalties, then eventually the loss. The ending sequence(s) don't bother me enough to not give credit where credit is due. The o-line killed it. Carson and Davis ran HARD. Lockett once again had a big day and Russ was the Terminator in PA.
Defense needs to tighten up on its tackling and its assignments, but that Rams offense is no joke. McVay is the real deal as far as offensive minds go. Goff has been executing in that offense and has regularly been making crazy accurate throws. Props to them, Goff does not look like the QB last year that was throwing ducks and throwing to wide open spaces for incompletions under pressure. We need to figure out how to get more pressure on the QB, though, I don't think that improved much over the last week. Then again, the Cowboys and Rams both have fantastic o-lines.
This is the type of game that can hopefully spring us to more confident and better play. I've had tempered expectations this entire year and that will continue. However, I want to see some young guys show some potential, develop and get us set up to launch in 2019/2020. Some of these guys have been flashing. Carson, Moore, Tre Flowers, T2 among others like Dissly who we'll have to wait to see next year.