Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons sent a strong message at the start of last week's game, although the result was unsuccessful.

On the very first play against Detroit, Ryan made a play-action fake to running back Devonta Freeman, tried to gather himself, and threw a pass deep downfield to Jones, who had two defenders in his area. Ryan probably would have hit Jones in stride off the double move if tight end Levine Toilolo hadn't allowed Anthony Zettel to pressure Ryan into a rushed, short, incomplete throw.

Despite the misfire, offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said the deep ball definitely sent a message.

"There's no doubt we want to be the best attacking team in football," Sarkisian said. "We want to stay aggressive in all aspects of our game. ... We just felt like that was a good opportunity for us. We liked the play design. It didn't play out exactly the way we wanted, but again, I think for our guys knowing going into that game that that was the style of game we were going to go for, went for it.