Wide receiver Phillip Livas scored on a 75-yard punt return in the third quarter to help Miami overcome a difficult start by quarterback Chad Henne in the Miami's 28-23 victory over Atlanta.
Atlanta rookie receiver Julio Jones , quarterback Matt Ryan and running back Michael Turnercontributed on first-quarter scoring drives that gave the Falcons a 17-0 lead.
Henne threw interceptions on two of Miami’s first three possessions before connecting with Brian Hartline for a 44-yard touchdown pass that made it 17-7 early in the second quarter. Henne, who completed 4 of 8 passes for 77 yards, did his best work against Atlanta’s defensive reserves.
But the same could be said, too, of Ryan, who completed just one of his first passes against Miami’s defensive starters. The difference, however, was that the Atlanta QB threw one TD pass and didn’t have an interception. Ryan finished 6 of 10 for 90 yards.
We mention this not because fantasy owners should care about Henne. We mention it because his struggles impact everyone on the Miami offense.