Home team: Atlanta Falcons
by Inside the Redzone staff – Bill Seng
Revenge is sweet and two organizations are playing for it here. Word was Falcons owner, Arthur Blank, did not appreciate the garbage touchdown thrown by Michael Vick in his last meeting with the Falcons. Now former Falcons coach, Dan Reeves, said the Falcons organization turned their back on Michael Vick. It should be a fun game with lots of sub plots to watch.
Falcons Projected Passing, Receiving, and Rushing Touchdowns
One thing has become evident; Matt Ryan doesn’t seem to as comfortable when he has to make 35-plus passing attempts. Balance is when we see Matt Ryan at his best. It’ll be interesting to see if Vick and the Eagles can get ahead fast enough to force the Falcons to become a one-dimensional team. Also, it would be interesting to see if the Falcons would employ more power run plays, as Michael Turner looked great last week on the road in Chicago. The Falcons have one thing the Eagles defense wouldn’t want to face, a power runner. We believe the Falcons coaching staff takes a step back and feed ‘its horse’. Turner gets 110-yards and 2-touchdowns. Matt Ryan will find space in the air too; his lone touchdown pass will go to Tony Gonzalez.
Eagles Projected Passing, Receiving, and Rushing Touchdowns
The Eagles are an explosive team, quick strike team. But what balances them is a strong pass receiving, slippery running back named LeSean McCoy. The more upright Matt Forte had a big play receiving touchdown against the Falcons last week. We’ll project that Shady McCoy does the same this weekend. The Falcons struggled to tackle in week 1, and that is not good when facing McCoy. We give McCoy another touchdown, this time on the ground. The Falcons corners are not as bad as last week’s stats showed. The Bears didn’t have a single 100-yard receiver, just a bunch of 50-yard efforts. Again, plays after the catch seem to be the issue though. And the Eagles have an answer for that in explosive playmaker, Desean Jackson. We project a 100-yard, one touchdown game from DJax.