Freeman with another huge game for Atlanta

Devonta Freeman helped the Falcons improve to 5-0 on the season with another impressive performance.

The Devonta Freeman show continued Sunday as the Falcons beat the Redskins in overtime 25-19.

Freeman had 153 rushing yards on 27 carries, a 5.7 yards per carry average, along with a touchdown. He also caught seven passes for 44 yards to total 197 total offensive yards.

Since taking over as the starter following the injury to rookie Tevin Coleman in week two, Freeman now has 362 rushing yards in 71 carries (5.10 yards per carry) and 177 receiving yards on 17 catches (10.4 yards per catch). That’s 539 total offensive yards in the last three games.

For the season, Freeman now has 405 rushing yards on 93 carries (4.35 yards per carry) and 240 receiving yards on 24 catches (10 yards per catch). His eight touchdowns lead the NFL.

It looked like Freeman won the game for Atlanta late in the fourth quarter when he caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan. But the call was reversed as the play was ruled incomplete. Then two plays later, from the Redskins six-yard line, Freeman ran into the end zone for the go-ahead score.

The Falcons’ running game continues to be a big reason the team is undefeated through the first five weeks of the season. While Coleman was back and got two carries Sunday against the Redskins, he’s lost his starting job to one of the most impressive players in the NFL through the first five weeks of the season. Freeman is giving the Falcons what they’ve needed since Michael Turner left after the 2012 campaign.

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