The Atlanta Falcons, in the midst of a miserable stretch of football that shows no signs of abating, were suffering through yet another beatdown against the Los Angeles Rams. Matt Ryan had just thrown an interception, and for the Falcons, that was about enough. Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman decided to go after the Rams’ Donald, who responded as if Freeman was concealing plans for the Death Star:
Donald grabbed the neck of Freeman’s jersey and lifted him in the air, Darth Vader style. It’s almost as if Freeman, who is listed at 5-foot-8 and 206 pounds, shouldn’t have gone after Donald, who is listed at 6-1 and 280. The height and weight disparity certainly didn’t work out in his favor.
Devonta Freeman was ejected for throwing the punch that started the scuffle with Donald. During the remaining quarter and a half, he may want to think about why he shouldn’t start fights with guys who have 5 inches and 70 pounds on him.
With his day over, Freeman tied a season-low by running for 19 yards on seven carries. He also caught two passes for six yards.
He was the second player to be ejected Sunday. Miami Dolphins rookie Christian Wilkins punched Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Cody Ford on the second play from scrimmage.
The Falcons are headed for their sixth defeat in seven games, not something anybody expected of a team with the pieces to at least challenge for a wild-card berth. Gerald Everett added further insult on Sunday as he celebrated his eight-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.
Meanwhile, Jared Goff threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and the Los Angeles Rams returned to the site of last season’s Super Bowl loss to beat the reeling Atlanta Falcons 37-10 on Sunday. The Rams (4-3) snapped a three-game losing streak in the debut of cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
To make matters worse, quarterback Matt Ryan leave the game with an ankle injury. Ryan’s right leg bent awkwardly as he was sacked by Aaron Donald and fumbled early in the fourth quarter.
Ryan’s injury was the latest and perhaps most damaging dose of bad news for the woeful Falcons. Coach Dan Quinn’s job security appears shaky at best as he quickly runs out of time to avoid a second straight losing season.