They were far more competitive than most people thought they could be.
No, not penalties. Although they committed another six versus the Falcons on Sunday. The Pro Bowl back will probably be limited when the Falcons return to the practice field on Wednesday, according to Quinn.
They have yet to play their best game, although the defense certainly elevated its effort against the Jets, particularly against the run.
Atlanta lost 23-17 to Buffalo on October 1, 20-17 to Miami on October 15 and then 23-7 at New England last week in a dense fog.
It appeared the Falcons' defense continued to get stronger as the game wore on. However, he fumbled the ball three times on the snap. For fantasy football owners that own wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, is he even worth starting in Week 8 action against the Atlanta Falcons?
For what it's worth, Jets quarterback Josh McCown completed 26 of 33 throws for 257 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. With more consistency on offense, the defenders had the opportunity to rest on the sidelines, and it showed in the fourth quarter. "Can't happen. Can't put the ball on the ground".
In a scheduling quirk, the Falcons are the only team in the National Football League to not play a game against a division opponent.
The NFC South field is tightly bunched, with New Orleans (5-2) on top of the standings and riding a five-game winning streak.
But doesn't coach Dan Quinn always preach, more than anything, handling business in the division? "When you're closing games out, you definitely got to be able to run the ball".
In fact, for the third straight week, the Jets held a lead against their opponents late. They won't have that burden to carry after squeaking by the New York Jets on Sunday. Through eight games, the results have been mixed. NY was up 7-0 early in this one and it looked like there was a real chance of getting back to.500.
Next up for the Jets is home game against the division rival Bills on Thursday night.
"This is a must-win", cornerback Morris Claiborne said. Both misses - from 46 and 48 yards - led to touchdowns for the Falcons. The final tally was 37 passes and 21 runs.
The Falcons moved to 4-3 on the season, while the Jets fell to 3-5.
"We were really committed to doing it right", Quinn said. "So, that kind of resiliency, that kind of toughness is what this group stands for". The numbers against the Jets looked pretty good - 140 yards on 32 carries - but a big chunk of that came on Tevin Coleman's 52-yard run.
Veteran running back Matt Forte had just four of those carries. So, when NY finished with just 43 yards on the ground on 22 carries, Forte was a bit confused. (There) should have been at least one person getting 20 carries - something like that - with the way the weather was.
It was a bit of a shot - and a surprising one by the usually reserved Forte - at offensive coordinator John Morton. "I don't think we ran the ball enough with this weather being the way it was".