FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - Michael Turner kept running the ball. Matt Ryan worked in some short passes. It wasn't exactly stretching the field, but it sure worked for the Atlanta Falcons.
Maybe they've found their identity again.
The Falcons gave up a huge part of their future to acquire receiver Julio Jones, with the intent of bringing more big plays to their offense. But Sunday's 31-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers looked more in line with past years: Turner took care of business on the ground with 27 punishing carries, while Ryan directed a passing game that didn't take a lot of chance downfield.
Turner finished with 139 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan completed 14 passes to nine receivers.
The Falcons (3-3) hit the road Sunday to face Detroit (5-1).