Fortunately, he got bailed out on a couple of big plays from Hooper.
"It felt great", receiver Julio Jones said. Some plays we left out there, some things we can do better and clean up.
The most encouraging thing about the Falcons on offense had to be Matt Ryan who hasn't slowed down a bit from his MVP run. Tops in the National Football League in scoring last season, they struggled to get points in their first game under new coordinator Steve Sarkisian.
Jones earned All-Pro honors for the past two seasons and has been a Pro Bowler for three years in a row.
One of those receptions was for 88 yards and a touchdown-Matt Ryan's only passing touchdown of the day. But the fourth quarter was a different story.
-Atlanta averted an upset thanks to a relentless pass rush that features speed and athleticism.
Chicago had four chances to tie the game from the 5-yard line, but came up short each time, losing a 23-17 heartbreaker at home.
Last year, White was placed on injured reserve after he suffered a severe high ankle sprain that resulted in a fractured fibula in his left leg in Week 4. "Nothing will replace a win, but I think we already know that we're going to be competitive with everyone in the National Football League". "We saw a lot of run. That's what we expected him to do, and he led his team".
"We needed every snap in that game to get the job done", Ryan said. "That's what this week will be".
Rookie running back, Tarik Cohen, who put together an outstanding performance. He had 30 rushes last season that went for 10-plus yards.
The Bears need help at receiver. The top two receivers on the Bears' depth chart are Kevin White, a 2015 first-round pick who has been unable to stay healthy, and Kendall Wright, who has not reached 500 receiving yards in either of the past two seasons. I think he operated the team very well.
After the quarterback situation, the Bears added some key pieces on defense with the likes of cornerback Prince Amukamara and rookie safety Eddie Jackson.