The Atlanta Falcons are coming off of a big win over the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday and are looking to get another win against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are playing at home for the first time this season and are looking to build off their win last week against the Titans. The Falcons will be facing yet another strong offensive line as the Colts have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. However, the Colts do have some injuries that may hurt them in this one. Colts linebacker Darius Leonard who is the Colts best tackler is ruled out for Sunday as he is still in concussion protocol. Colts running back Marlon Mack is questionable with a calf injury and Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is questionable as well with a quad injury. Both Mack and Hilton were limited in practice on Friday. Falcons did rule out punter Matt Bosher for the game Sunday. Earlier this week the Falcons did sign punter Matt Wile who will likely be the punter for Sunday against the Colts.
As for the game Sunday, the Falcons need to take care of the ball better. In Week 1 against Minnesota the Falcons had 3 turnovers with two being interceptions by Matt Ryan and one being a fumble by Devonta Freeman. Last Sunday, Ryan threw 3 interceptions and now has 5 interceptions on the season. I expect Ryan to limit the turnovers as the Falcons receivers should be a big problem for the Colts secondary. Also the Falcons need to get Devonta Freeman going. Freeman has had his touches limited in both games and backup running back Ito Smith has gotten more touches as well as more yards than Freeman. At some point, the Falcons will need to get Freeman going so that the Falcons can have that balance attack on offense.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Falcons defense needs to do what they did to the Eagles to the Colts. As stated earlier, this is another strong offensive line that the Falcons are facing. They did a good job with getting pressure on Carson Wentz and forcing 2 turnovers by Wentz. The Falcons need to do the same thing to Jacoby Brissett as they need to get pressure on him and try to force him into turning over the ball. The Falcons also need to shut down the run. One thing that the Colts have done very well on offense so far this season is running the ball. Falcons need to shut down the run like they did against the Eagles as Philadelphia was held to 49 rushing yards.
If the Falcons do what they need to do on both sides of the ball, then the Falcons should win. Again I expect this to be a close one, but the Falcons should get the win on the road. This would be a nice road win to get for the Falcons. Kickoff between the Falcons and Colts is at 1:00 on CBS. Follow @BirdsInTheBenz on twitter throughout the game and for more updates on all things Falcons.
By: Stewart Zwald @SDZwald041599