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NFL Week 5 Game Recap: Atlanta Falcons 27, New York Jets 20

London, England, United Kingdom; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws the ball in the first quarter against the New York Jets during an NFL International Series Game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

All the momentum gained from the New York Jets‘ upset Week 4 win didn't make the plane trip across the pond, as the Atlanta Falcons coasted to a 27-20 victory over Zach Wilson and the Jets in Week 5 of the 2021 NFL season.

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Atlanta Falcons


Matt Ryan took what the Jets' defense gave him all morning, and Robert Saleh's group gave them a lot. He completed 33-of-45 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns, and more than 70% of his passing yards came after the catch.

The veteran quarterback completed just one of his three pass attempts that sailed more than 20 yards through the air, but he was surgical at the intermediate level. On throws 10-19 yards downfield, Ryan went 11-of-12 for 179 yards and a touchdown.

Running back

Cordarrelle Patterson and Mike Davis split carries in the backfield and combined for 107 yards and a touchdown (Davis) on 27 carries (4.0 yards per carry). Both backs recorded two forced missed tackles (on PFF's first review of the broadcast film) on the ground, as well.

The duo also combined for 14 total targets, nine receptions and 68 receiving yards. Patterson led the way with seven receptions from nine targets for 60 yards.

Wide receivers/tight ends

With Russell Gage and Calvin Ridley sidelined, Ryan fed the ball to rookie tight end Kyle Pitts and was rewarded for it. The former Florida standout picked up career-highs across the board and his first career touchdown as the focal point of the Falcons' passing attack.

Pitts caught 9-of-10 targets for 119 yards and the score. He totaled 23 of his 119 receiving yards after the catch and recorded a first down or touchdown on six of his nine receptions. He also caught one of his two contested-catch opportunities.

Tight end Hayden Hurst and veteran wideout Tajae Sharpe also got in on the action, combining for eight receptions, 93 yards and a score (Hurst). Christian Blake and Olamide Zaccheaus were the only Falcons players charted with drops on the day.

Offensive line

Atlanta's offensive line woes continued against New York. No member of the team's front five earned a PFF grade above 66.0 on first review of the broadcast film. Rookie Jalen Mayfield was the biggest liability of the group in pass protection, as he allowed four total pressures on 45 pass-blocking snaps.

Defensive line

It wasn't a banner day for the Falcons' defensive line by any means. The Jets offense consistently worked from clean pockets in the passing game, and veterans Jonathan Bullard and Steven Means were the only Falcons defensive linemen with 10-plus snaps played and 60.0-plus PFF run-defense grades on first review. Ade Ogundeji and Grady Jarrett shared the team lead in total pressures with just two apiece.


Veteran Deion Jones was also a liability in run defense. He recorded a sub-30.0 PFF run-defense grade on first review. He missed one tackle and recorded zero defensive stops on the day. Foyesade Oluokun turned in a better performance than Jones, but even he didn't clear 70.0 in PFF grade against New York.


The Falcons' top performers on defense were all in the secondary. Safety Jaylinn Hawkins put an impressive interception down the sideline on tape and should finish reviews with an 85.0-plus PFF grade.

While the Falcons' defensive line rarely got pressure on Wilson early in the snap, the back end of Atlanta's defense held up in coverage all day long. Hawkins, A.J. Terrell, Richie Grant and Fabian Moreau should finish reviews with 70.0-plus PFF grades. The worst play of the day for the group was the deep pass interference call on Terrell that gave New York life but not enough to come back and win.

New York Jets


Zach Wilson‘s accuracy is a legitimate concern for New York. Ball location was a consistent issue, regardless of where he was throwing the ball, costing the Jets' offense big-time yardage and first downs time and time again.

All momentum seemingly gained from the Jets' upset win over Tennessee in Week 4 didn't make the plane trip across the pond for Wilson. He completed just 19-of-32 passes for 192 scoreless passing yards and the pick to Hawkins. He'll finish PFF's review process with a sub-50.0 PFF grade.

Running back

Rookie Michael Carter was the only Jets rusher to break a tackle and find the end zone on Sunday, but his efforts weren't enough to get the team's rushing attack going even against a porous Falcons run defense. The team combined for just 64 yards on 18 carries.

Carter and Ty Johnson combined for five receptions from six targets for 42 scoreless yards in the passing game. Neither back was charted with a drop, either.

Wide receivers/tight ends

The Jets' leading receiver, Corey Davis, recorded just 45 yards. But it was Wilson at the root of the passing game struggles, not the receiving corps. No Jets receiver was charted with a drop against Atlanta, and Wilson consistently missed open receivers up and down the field.

Offensive line

Hey, the Jets' offensive line actually played well! No New York offensive lineman earned a PFF grade under 65.0 on first review of the broadcast film, and the group as a unit allowed just seven total pressures. Tackle Morgan Moses and guard Greg Van Roten were the only two Jets offensive linemen charted with a pressure allowed.

Rookie Alijah Vera-Tucker was particularly impressive for the second week in a row. He should finish reviews with zero pressures allowed and a 90.0-plus PFF grade.

Defensive line

New York's defensive line underwhelmed as a unit. None of the Jets' starters earned PFF pass-rushing grades above 70.0 on first review, and the group totaled very few pressures within three seconds of the snap as a result. John Franklin-Myers was the only Jets defensive lineman with a 70.0-plus PFF run-defense grade, as well.


Veteran C.J. Mosley had the impressive forced fumble against Hurst early in the game, but that was one of few bright spots on the day for the Jets off-ball linebacker. Even with that big play, Mosley's grade on first review was under 50.0. Rookie Jamien Sherwood played north 20 defensive snaps and earned an 80.0-plus PFF grade on first review, and Quincy Williams led the team with five total defensive stops.


It was a forgettable performance for the Jets' secondary. The group gave up a ton of yards after the catch and combined for just four total forced incompletions. Bryce Hall was the most impressive of the group, but even he didn't clear the 70.0 mark for his PFF grade on first review.


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