This article is part of our NFL Reactions series.
-The Falcons sacked Kyle Allen five times as he completed 28-of-41 passes for 293 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. He helped his fantasy owners with 24 yards and a touchdown rushing, but a lost fumble complicated things otherwise. It's probably fair to say Christian McCaffrey did most of Allen's work, catching 11 of 12 targets for 82 yards while running for 53 yards on 11 carries. The Falcons held D.J. Moore to six targets (four catches for 81 yards) and Curtis Samuel to four (two catches for 25 yards), so the Falcons minimized Allen's ability to get the ball to his receivers. Following McCaffrey's 12, the second-leading target was Ian Thomas. He caught five of his 10 targets for 57 yards and a touchdown – a boon in fantasy but not efficient in real life. Thomas is still a fairly promising prospect at tight end in the big picture, though.
-The Panthers contained Julio Jones (five catches for 66 yards on eight targets) and Austin Hooper (two catches for 32 yards on six targets), so it was mostly left to Calvin Ridley (five catches for 76 yards and one touchdown on five targets) and Olamide Zaccheaus (93-yard touchdown on two targets) to power the Atlanta passing game. Matt Ryan was solid but could have been better, completing 20-of-34 attempts for 313 yards and two touchdowns. Devonta Freeman did good work on the ground, turning 17 carries into 84 yards and a touchdown.
-Lamar Jackson was adequate against