January 20, 2018

Atlanta Falcons Final Thoughts and Game Predictions

13 January 2018, 06:59 | Randolph Howard

Julio Jones will be only Falcons player held out of practice Tuesday

Julio Jones will be only Falcons player held out of practice Tuesday

Steve Bartkowski threw touchdown passes of 20 yards to Jim Mitchell and 37 yards to Wallace Francis for the Falcons, coached by Leeman Bennett. There will be opportunities for that (against the Falcons), but I don't want to force it. But, you know, we've got a quick game, and we've got quick shots like that in the game plan.

231: The Eagles have allowed just 231 points at home since 2016, marking the fewest such points allowed in the NFL.

"It's been a long season, but I'm only hoping it's longer than this and we just continue to move forward". Look I get it, as I explained two weeks ago, this is a completely different team without Carson Wentz. They are going to have to rely on the former-1,200-yard running back as LeGarrette Blount is just not as effective and I'd be reluctant to put the load on undrafted rookie Corey Clement. Even after a strong come-from-behind performance, the numbers say that Tennessee was fortunate to top Kansas City and won't match up with New England. "You're in a rhythm, you're in the zone, and you're just seeing your progressions".

Loading the box and shutting down the run and playing man across the board forcing Foles and his receivers to make plays to beat you is what the Falcons nearly certainly will do for the start of Saturday's game.

"Nick has proven that he can do it". Very penetrating type defense and the linebackers have great speed. Some guys are the dink-and-dunk kind of guys. Wide receiver Riley Cooper and DeSean Jackson were his favorite deep threats. His 428 yards through the air and three touchdowns are career-highs against a team outside of the NFC South. Jalen Mills held him to four catches for 48 yards when he was matched up against Jones.

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Coach Doug Pederson has tried to remain upbeat about Philadelphia's ability to win without Wentz, and told reporters that getting a chance to go over film of Foles's more successful stints in the past had given the team a blueprint for success. What did I look like. Starting cornerbacks Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby, neither of whom is taller than 6-foot, could both see time on him, or one could shadow him. On Saturday, the Eagles make their long-awaited return to the postseason as the Atlanta Falcons come to town once again. As the adage goes: "Defense wins championships", and Jacksonville has the league's best point differential, and the second-best scoring defense and total defense. "That's the thing with this defense". The Patriots must be very happy the way this has played out for them. It's an aggressive style. They are not going to try to trick you or do anything to get in your head.

Which means the Eagles running game needs to show up in a big way. Ajayi rushed for 130 yards in a road victory over Atlanta as a member of the Miami Dolphins in October, and the Falcons ranked in the middle of the pack with an opponent yards-per-attempt average of 4.1.

Almost 40 years ago, the Atlanta Falcons played in - and won - their first-ever playoff game. "The energy the fans bring helps this football team".

"This is not the way we think", he said. "We believe in what we have, in who we have".

On the season, Matt Ryan threw for 3,778 yards and 19 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it was the first practice Ryan had missed since the 2009 season.

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