The surging New England Patriots (6-4) will take on the Atlanta Falcons (4-5) this Thursday night. The Falcons were blown out by the Cowboy this past Sunday, where the Patriots are fresh off a 45-7 win over the Cleveland Browns. The Falcons are sitting at the bottom of their division. Whereas the Patriots are neck and neck with the Buffalo Bills for their division.
Matt Ryan and the Falcons have struggled with consistency this year. They have given up the second most points this season right behind the Jets. The loss of Calvin Ridley due to off the field reasons their offense has had to lean on rookie Kyle Pitts and running back/receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
Matt Ryan has not had a great season this year. Going against the Patriots defense who have been holding offenses to single digit points in their past two games. Matt Ryan needs to be protective of the ball. Ryan has thrown 8 interceptions this season, the Patriots defense is looking to make Matt Ryan turn the ball over.
Pitts has been targeted quite a bit, but has had some struggles in the NFL. He has shown the extreme talent he has with two 100+ yard receiving games. Pitts needs to make a difference in this matchup, Matt Ryan needs a reliable target against this defense.
The Falcons defense has struggled all season. And they need to do a good job shutting down the Patriots rushing attack. If they can contain the run game, that should allow them to put pressure on Mac Jones and the Patriots receivers.
Coming off a big win against the Cleveland Browns, the Patriots offense has taken strides and has shown they can control the game on the ground and through the air. The defense has been really limiting teams offensively.
Mac Jones has been playing great in his rookie season. He looks very efficient and comfortable under pressure. Coming off his first 3 touchdown game, Jones has a good chance to carry on his momentum against the struggling Falcons defense. Mac needs to really take over as the leader of this offense and he’s on a good stretch right now for that.
Damien Harris/Rhamondre Stevenson
Who is the real #1 running back in New England? Harris has had three 100 yard games this year, and in the past 5 games he has 6 touchdowns. Stevenson has recently taken advantage of opportunity, he just had a 100 yard rushing performance against the Browns. They need to both be productive and keep the offense rolling and the defense on their toes. A good rushing attack makes the passing game even more dangerous.
The Patriots are the clear favorites in this game, they are better in just about every aspect. The Falcons best chance for success this week would be for a high scoring duel. The Patriots offense is most likely going to prove to be too much for the Falcons. Mac Jones and the Patriots offense have been on a roll and are looking to continue that trend.
Mac Jones: 175 passing yards 2 touchdowns
Matt Ryan: 250 passing yards 1 touchdown 1 interception
Harris/Stevenson: 150+ combined rushing yards
Kyle Pitts: 6 receptions 55 yards
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