Falcons struggling on offense

The Falcons have struggled the last few weeks on offense, so what's wrong?

The Falcons have the NFL's leading rusher (Devonta Freeman, with 709 yards) and the NFL's leading receiver (Julio Jones, with 892 yards).

But something is still wrong with the offense. What is it?

Sunday against the Bucs, it was turnovers. The Falcons fumbled three times and quarterback Matt Ryan threw one interception. But it's more than that. The offense is just not clicking as it did early in the season.

Ryan's numbers were better Sunday. He was 37-for-45 for 397 yards and two touchdowns. Some of his throws were on the money, while some were still rusty. Ryan will undoubtedly still have to answer questions about his health, as he did last week after the lackluster performance in Nashville.

The Falcons are 4th in the NFL in total offense (414.8 yards per game), fifth in passing (288.8 yards per game) and ninth in rushing (126 yards per game).

Atlanta is getting production from a tight end. Jacob Tamme made 10 catches for 103 yards Sunday and now has 369 yards on the season.

But when will the offense click again? It's not like the Falcons are playing the best defenses in the NFL. It's really up to Ryan, who needs to have a solid, mistake-free game next week in San Francisco.

The offense is what has defined this team since the day Ryan put on a Falcons' uniform. But it must get better if Atlanta is going to do anything special in 2015.

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