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NFL Preseason Week 3 Game Recap: Atlanta Falcons 28, Jacksonville Jaguars 12

Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder (4) passes the football against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars chose to rest starters and backups to close out the preseason, whereas the Atlanta Falcons used the game as an opportunity to get rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder more reps. In the end, it was Ridder and the Falcons who came out on top, 28-12.

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Offensive player spotlight: With so many players resting on both sides, rookie signal-caller Desmond Ridder took the spotlight. He threw two interceptions in the win, only one of which was deemed a turnover-worthy play. Ridder went 7-of-11 for 156 yards when targeting the intermediate part of the field (10-19 yards downfield).

Defensive player spotlight: Jaguars interior defender Jay Tufele tallied a game-high five run stops, including two for loss or no gain, on 37 run-defense snaps.

Rookie player spotlight: Only two of Falcons running back Tyler Allgeier‘s rushing yards came before contact on the day. The BYU product didn't manage to force a missed tackle on his eight carries for 26 yards and a touchdown.

Early offensive line analysis: The Jaguars' offensive line fared particularly well in the contest. Only Nick Ford and K.C. McDermott surrendered pressure, and the newly acquired Cole Van Lanen stayed clean on 39 pass-blocking snaps.

Betting Summary

Betting Odds Closing Result
Spread ATL -7.5 ATL Covers
O/U 35 Over

Box Score

Passing
Jacksonville Jaguars
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
E.J. Perry 11.04 19 / 37 201 5.4 1 2
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Desmond Ridder 9.3 14 / 21 185 8.8 1 2
Feleipe Franks -0.6 0 / 1 0 0 0 0
Rushing
Jacksonville Jaguars
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
E.J. Perry 11.04 2 10 5 0 7
Mekhi Sargent 4.7 3 14 4.7 0 11
Snoop Conner 3.2 11 15 1.4 0 8
Ryquell Armstead 2.7 2 15 7.5 0 11
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Tyler Allgeier 15.8 8 26 3.2 1 12
Caleb Huntley 14.6 19 86 4.5 1 21
Qadree Ollison 11.2 9 30 3.3 1 8
Desmond Ridder 9.3 2 -1 -0.5 0 2
Feleipe Franks -0.6 3 -6 -2 0 -2
Receiving
Jacksonville Jaguars
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Tim Jones 16.3 3 3 103 34.3 0
Laquon Treadwell 9.4 6 2 14 2.3 1
Gerrit Prince 7.2 8 4 32 4 0
Mekhi Sargent 4.7 2 2 13 6.5 0
Laviska Shenault Jr. 3.9 2 2 19 9.5 0
Snoop Conner 3.2 3 2 -3 -1 0
Ryquell Armstead 2.7 2 1 2 1 0
Willie Johnson 2.2 3 1 12 4 0
Luke Farrell 1.7 2 1 7 3.5 0
Jeff Cotton Jr. 1.2 4 1 2 0.5 0
Kevin Austin Jr. 0 2 0 0 0 0
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Tyler Allgeier 15.8 1 1 2 2 1
Qadree Ollison 11.2 2 1 12 6 0
Cameron Batson 5.2 4 3 22 5.5 0
Frank Darby 4.5 3 1 35 11.7 0
Anthony Firkser 4.5 2 2 25 12.5 0
KeeSean Johnson 4.4 1 1 34 34 0
Damiere Byrd 2.7 3 1 17 5.7 0
Stanley Berryhill 2.4 1 1 14 14 0
Jared Bernhardt 2.4 3 1 14 4.7 0
MyCole Pruitt 1.5 1 1 5 5 0
Tucker Fisk 1.5 1 1 5 5 0

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