It’s no secret what the driving force of the Atlanta Falcons offense is — Bijan Robinson and Tyler Allgeier. The pair combined for 34 offensive touches — 25 carries and nine receptions — for 177 total yards and three scores.
Robinson scored the first touchdown of the season on a perfect display of his special skill set, taking a swing pass into the endzone while breaking three tackles. He totaled 56 yards on 10 carries to pair with 27 yards through the air on six receptions. He looked the part of an 8th overall pick and made an encouraging Falcons debut.
Allgeier was Atlanta’s leading rusher last year and is currently in the same position through one game. He totaled 75 yards on 15 carries on the ground, including a pair of short-yardage touchdowns. Many expected Allgeier to take a backseat to Robinson, but that won’t be the case.
The Falcons are going to feed those two all season long. Robinson’s touches will exceed Allgeier’s, but that’s because of his targets in the passing game. Those 34 touches are more than 80% of all touches from the Falcons’ offense; it’s clear the engine of this group is the backfield.
I don’t think it’s crazy to call them the NFL’s best running back duo. Nick Chubb, Christian McCaffrey, and Breece Hall may have had more impressive individual performances, but their counterparts left something to be desired compared to Atlanta’s duo.
Ironically, one duo around the NFL that has an argument for being the best will visit Atlanta this Sunday. Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillion are the classic lightning and thunder combination, totaling 146 yards together in the Packers’ win over the Bears.
Another duo out west also has an argument. Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelly put up 208 yards on the ground and 51 yards through the air in Week 1 against the Dolphins. The Chargers offense is one of the most high-powered in the league, so Atlanta’s duo will have their work cut out for them if they want to be crowned the top duo in the league.
As of right now, the Falcons backfield of Bijan Robinson and Tyler Allgeier is, at least, among the league’s best.