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NFL Week 4 Game Recap: Atlanta Falcons 23, Cleveland Browns 20

Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Caleb Huntley (42) celebrates with teammates after a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

It was a battle of two methodical offenses in Atlanta. The victor was ultimately the one who made fewer mistakes. A turnover on downs, fumble and interception from the Cleveland Browns was too many mishaps to overcome as the Atlanta Falcons won, 23-20.

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Offensive spotlight: While the Falcons keep putting up points, it might not have much to do with the quarterback. On only 20 dropbacks, Marcus Mariota went 7-of-19 for 139 yards with an interception. Only 52 of those passing yards came without the advent of a run fake. He was a bottom-10-graded starter in the NFL before the game and is only going to go lower after this performance. 

Defensive spotlight: Much of the Browns' front seven got railroaded in this one. No one was under attack more, however, than linebacker Jacob Phillips. Filling in for the injured Anthony Walker, Phillips allowed catches on all three of his targets for 77 yards and was a complete non-factor in the run game, earning the lowest grade in that regard of all players, pending review.  

Rookie spotlight: What a breakout day for rookie running back Tyler Allgeier. The fifth-rounder made the most of his 10 carries, racking up 84 yards and two broken tackles. He also caught his only target for a 20-yard gain. With Cordarrelle Patterson not fitting the profile of a bell-cow back, Allgeier showing out gives the Falcons' running back room more balance. 

Offensive line spotlight: Chris Lindstrom had himself a game for the Falcons. While the game is still under review, his initial grade will be among the highest for an offensive lineman in a single season. It shouldn’t be too surprising that the offensive line showed out when Atlanta went for 202 yards on the ground. Lindstrom also held his own with only one pressure allowed on 20 pass-blocking snaps. 


Box Score

Passing
Cleveland Browns
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Jacoby Brissett 15.96 21 / 35 234 6.7 0 1
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Marcus Mariota 4.86 7 / 19 139 7.3 0 1
Rushing
Cleveland Browns
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Nick Chubb 23.7 19 118 6.2 1 28
Jacoby Brissett 15.96 5 16 3.2 1 5
David Njoku 10.7 1 -6 -6 0 -6
Kareem Hunt 8.8 10 49 4.9 0 20
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Caleb Huntley 11.6 10 56 5.6 1 14
Tyler Allgeier 11.4 10 84 8.4 0 42
Cordarrelle Patterson P 9.8 9 38 4.2 1 13
Marcus Mariota 4.86 5 3 0.6 0 8
Avery Williams 2.1 1 21 21 0 21
Receiving
Cleveland Browns
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPR TD
Nick Chubb 23.7 3 2 9 4.5 0
Donovan Peoples-Jones 12.1 9 5 71 14.2 0
David Njoku 10.7 7 5 73 14.6 0
Kareem Hunt 8.8 3 2 19 9.5 0
Harrison Bryant 5.8 6 4 18 4.5 0
David Bell 5.5 3 2 35 17.5 0
Amari Cooper 1.9 4 1 9 9 0
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPR TD
Tyler Allgeier 11.4 1 1 20 20 0
Olamide Zaccheaus 7.5 2 2 55 27.5 0
Drake London 3.7 7 2 17 8.5 0
Kyle Pitts 3.5 4 1 25 25 0
Parker Hesse 3.2 1 1 22 22 0
Keith Smith 0 1 0 0 0 0
Damiere Byrd 0 1 0 0 0 0
KhaDarel Hodge 0 1 0 0 0 0

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