The Falcons’ rushing attack has struggled for most of this season. It averages 96 yards rushing per game, which ranks 21st in the league.
While replacing Freeman, Tevin Coleman rushed for 107 yards in the win over the Panthers, but was held to 33 yards by the Saints and 51 by the Bengals.
The Steelers’ defense is giving up 115.8 yards per game, which ranks 21st in the league.
The Falcons need to run the ball better in order to keep the defense, which is giving up 403 yards per game (28th) and 30.5 points per game (30th), off the field.
In the opener against the Eagles, Freeman had six rushes for 36 yards before taking a helmet to the knee.
Also, defensive tackle Grady Jarrett left the Bengals game with an ankle sprain. He played only 37 snaps. If it was a more serious high ankle sprain, the Falcons’ already depleted defense could be without it’s best defensive tackle.
The Falcons head coach discusses what went wrong in Sunday's 37-36 loss to the Bengals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.