The Atlanta Falcons lit up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, scoring at least 10 points in every quarter and winning 43-28.
“We just go out throughout the week and put pressure on ourselves to be perfect,” Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Every day is a game in the Atlanta Falcons facility. We’re a brotherhood and we harp on that, to make a big play for our brothers. We’re doing pretty good right now.”
Especially Matt Ryan, who finished 25-of-34 for 344 yards and four touchdowns.
“He’s doing his thing, man,” Gabriel said. “We’re just putting in work and executing.”
Gabriel had a solid game as well. He caught five balls for 52 yards and rushed twice for 24 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown run to make it 20-14 just before halftime.
“It’s not just me,” Gabriel said of his stellar play. “It’s everybody contributing. The offensive coordinator, the O-Line just holding that pressure and Matt Ryan throwing a great ball.”
It also helps having Julio Jones, who finished with eight catches for 111 yards and a touchdown.
“With Julio out there, he brings such coverage to him,” Gabriel said. “So we have a lot of one-on-one match-ups, and I take advantage of the one-on-one match-ups.”
It looks like the Falcons (6-3), who have won two straight, will run away with the NFC South, as every other team in the division is 3-4 or worse. Atlanta plays Philadelphia (4-3) on the road on Nov. 13 before a Week 11 bye.
“Right now, we got our heads down,” Gabriel said. “We’re just working hard throughout the week and grinding. Hopefully we can come out on top, but we’re just grinding and working throughout the week and going one team at a time.”