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Sun Oct 5, 1:00 PM - Falcons at Giants

Giants (2-2) vs Falcons (2-2)
Last Sunday the Falcons fought for three quarters to finally get the lead in a game against the Vikings. They had a one point lead going into the fourth quarter, but couldn't hold it. The final score was Vikings 41 - Falcons 28.
The Giants got it all together in their last Thursday night game in Washington and won their second game of the season 45-14. It was a strong performance on both sides of the ball.
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Atlanta Falcons
Former Giant Osi Umenyiora, in his first season with the Falcons last year, got the crowd going in game two. It was Atlanta's first home game and Umenyiora intercepted a tipped pass and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown. Umenyiora's first career interception helped the team log their first win in front of the home crowd and it evened their record to 1-1. Unfortunately the Falcons won only 3 more games the rest of the season to end up 4-12. That was a surprising turn of events as the Falcons had been to the playoffs for three straight years and had just finished with a 14-2 season, barely missing a Super Bowl appearance by just 10 yards when they failed to complete their final drive.
They needed a touchdown not to go down 28-24. Two incomplete passes from the San Francisco 10 yard line on a 3rd and 4 ended their dreams. It was a hard pill to swallow considering they had been up 17 points in that game. It seems that whatever the Falcons offense takes, the defense gives away. Mike Smith is the head coach and currently has the best win-loss record (63-42) for Atlanta. It was tarnished last year when he had his first losing season in six years. Mike Nolan is still the defensive coordinator and they have drafted players they feel will fit better into his schemes.

Atlanta Falcons Offense
This team is second in the league in scoring points (32.8 per game), and in passing yardage with 322.2 per game. Quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown 10 touchdown passes in the first four games which is the second most in Falcons history. He actually holds the top record, having thrown 11 in that same time frame in 2012. Given time Ryan is hard to beat. In the two wins, Ryan threw 6 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. In the two losses, Ryan threw 4 touchdowns and had 5 interceptions. This week he'll have a tougher job considering two of his starters were just placed on injured reserve as a result of last week's game against the Vikings. To help the offensive line, tight end Levine Toilolo played at right tackle in the fourth quarter. Toilolo is still developing, but it's hard to fill the spot the retired Tony Gonzalez held with the team last season.
When Gonzalez was on the field with wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones, defenders had a tough time deciding which player to double.
In that 2012 final playoff game where the Falcons fell just short, wide receiver Julio Jones had 11 receptions for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns. Last season Jones was injured and in only 5 games he had already amassed 580 yards. They certainly could have used his talents in that failed season. Jones is back at full strength, averaging 15.4 yards a catch and 3 touchdowns. Roddy White was unable to pull in Ryan's last two passes in that playoff loss. White currently leads the league in dropped passes and connected on only 4 of the 14 (2 drops) that Ryan threw to him last game, albeit 1 touchdown. White guaranteed he'll score a touchdown against the Giants in this game, but he tends to say a lot of things.
Devin Hester had a good game last week with 5 receptions and 1 touchdown. He also had 5 catches for 99 yards in their first game. They need Hester as a returner, but when they can afford to turn him loose on offense, he produces. The Falcons rotate their running squad with a now healthy Steven Jackson getting the most reps and their running game is currently ranked 14th, coming off being dead last a year ago.

Atlanta Falcons Defense
The defense is the sure weakness on this team and it didn't start this year. It's been declining from overall 12th, 24th, 28th at the end of last year to next to last right now. Osi Umenyiora is used more as a designated pass rusher, and although he is the fourth all-time in Giants history with 75 sacks, he still has none on the year. In fact, the Falcons have generated only three quarterback sacks so far and rank 30th in the league in that area. Rushing defense allowed the Vikings to net 241 rushing yards and that was without Adrian Peterson playing.
In the secondary, the cornerbacks, Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, were first and second-round draft choices in 2013 and they have seasoned veteran Robert McClain. This week they will miss safety William Moore, who will be out at least eight weeks with a shoulder injury. Moore made the calls for the secondary, and second-year player Kemal Ishmael will start in his place.
We'll just go with what former NFL head coach and analyst Brian Billick said earlier this week.
Billick said that defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who coached with him in Baltimore from 2001-04, has been working with "smoke and mirrors" for quite some time and that he was out of "mirrors."

Giants offense
Eli Manning threw 4 touchdown passes and had 300 yards in the team's last game. It was on a Thursday so they've in effect had a mini bye week to rest and prepare for this game. Manning looks to have a new receiver in this game who would be playing in his first NFL game, first-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr. How effective Beckham will be is questionable since he's a rookie with no preseason under his belt, hitting the field for the first time.
From what we've heard about practice sessions he could be a featured player. If nothing else, Beckham will be another distraction the Falcons defense will have to add to their list. Tight end Larry Donnell with 25 receptions for 236 yards and 4 touchdowns, is another surprise opposing teams couldn't have planed for in the offseason. Rashad Jennings, with 341 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, must be drooling at the thought of going up against the defense the Falcons will present.
Overall the front line is putting it together. Last year left tackle Will Beatty had a down year and Manning struggled with pressure. Beatty hasn't given up a sack this season and says he's ready to go up against Osi Umenyiora who he used to practice with on a regular basis. That should be an interesting match up.

Giants defense
Up front they will have no excuse this game if they can't overpower an offensive line that is made up of patchwork players, due to the unfortunate circumstances the Falcons find themselves in this week.
In the secondary w
atch out for Julio Jones who is second in the league with 447 receiving yards. Big plays can save the day for the Falcons and Matt Ryan can certainly deliver. Roddy White is no slouch despite the dropped passes and Matt Ryan kept going to him last game despite that. They also seem to be including Devin Hester more into the mix. Corners Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Prince Amukamra, and Trumaine McBride, and safeties Antrel Rolle and Quintin Demps will all have to play smart. The defense has an NFL-high seven interceptions and four just last week.

The Falcons average almost 33 points a game (42 over the last two) and in every area, third down conversions, passing yards, rushing yards and points per game, the Falcons rate as a better team than the Giants. The reverse is also true on the defensive side of the ball. The Giants numbers are all better than the Falcons. The Falcons are 2-0 at home and 0-2 on the road, and their passing game has been worse when they travel.
Recent games - The Falcons couldn't stop the Vikings from putting up 41 points on the board and then the Vikings went on to score only 10 (so-what fourth quarter points) in their Thursday night game once the Packers were comfortably up 42-0. Can you extrapolate that to say the Vikings offense is really not overwhelming and yet they still scored big against the Falcons? If the Giants offense keeps clicking like they have then 40+ points should be no problem by that formula. This is one of those games that goes to the Giants if they just play mistake free football.

NFC East
All these division teams play at home this week. At 1:00pm Sunday, the same time the Giants are playing the Falcons, the Eagles (3-1) will host the Rams (1-2) and the Cowboys (3-1) will take on the Texans (3-1). The Redskins (1-3) play against the Seahawks (2-1) on Monday night. The Giants, Eagles and Cowboys are favored to win in these games. Check out.
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