The Atlanta Falcons find themselves 1-2 after a hard fought loss versus division rival the New Orleans Saints. The thing we all need to remember is that this loss happened in overtime which means the Falcons lost a shootout and they just couldn’t finish the deal. Matt Ryan finished with 5 TD’s and 0 INT’s and broke the record for most touchdowns versus the Saints, previously held by 49er’s great Joe Montana.
When it comes to the defense the Falcons will find a way to bring some pressure as the team gels together. Defensive end Takk McKinley hopes to return after missing last weeks game with a groin injury and his return would certainly bolster the pass rush. Vic Beasley registered is first sack when he sacked Drew Brees forcing a 3-and-out. Duke Riley had the best game of his career versus the Saints so that is something to keep an eye on.
Against the Cincinnati Bengals the Atlanta Falcons can right the ship by getting a much needed win. If the Falcons can keep running their high octane offense they should find no problems with beating the Bengals. The question will remain though can the defense step up? After losing Deion Jones, Keanu Neal, and now most recently Ricardo Allen, the Falcons need their younger players to show up.
My prediction is that the Atlanta Falcons offense becomes too much too handle against the Cincinnati Bengals and they come away with a win. The defense will play a much better game versus a subpar QB in comparison to Drew Brees in Andy Dalton. Don’t forget that this game is where the Atlanta Falcons will be wearing their 90’s throwbacks. Make sure to show up wearing your throwback gear and let the NFL know that we are here to stay.