Sans Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls, the Hawk’s rushing attack fell flat against a Ram’s defensive line that had been long heralded as one of the premiere units in the NFL. Christine Michael put up six carries for six yards and Bryce Brown scarcely ran any better, with seven carries for nine yards. Things became so anemic that offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell began utilizing the third down offense, led by former Buffalo Bill Fred Jackson, during earlier downs. While Jackson was only a marginal improvement—2 carries for 11 yards—he did contribute with his pass-catching, giving the offense some presence out of the backfield. If anything, it affirmed the talent drop off the offense had seen at the tailback position, an expected reality given the injury situation, but disheartening to see with a post-season appearance already locked up.
The rest of the offense’s day was filled with plays that should’ve been highlights but ended up being groaners.