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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Atlanta Falcons are no stranger to playoff success they just went to the Super Bowl a year ago and now the Falcons are trying to put together another deep run. Atlanta has been looking particularly impressive on defense lately especially after holding the highest scoring offense (Rams) to just 13 points. Deion Jones is at the forefront of the Falcons success he led the team with 138 tackles in the regular season. Adrian Clayborn and Vic Beasley handle most of the pass rushing duties they combined for 14.5 sacks this year. When you also factor in the depth this team has on the defensive line that becomes a huge advantage for Dan Quinn’s ball club. Guys like Grady Jarrett, Takkarist McKinley, and Dontari Poe who all have a chance to be very disruptive on every single snap. Winning at the line of scrimmage is huge in pro football because that keeps offenses on their heels. That’s exactly what we saw last week against the Rams and now the Falcons will try do the same thing against the Philadelphia Eagles. Nick Foles will be in for a long day in this match up especially when you consider that Goff was overwhelmed. Even Carson Wentz would have his hands full against this emerging Atlanta team so you know Foles is going to be tested. Don’t expect the Eagles to pull out this win because everything is clicking for ATL. The key factor in this contest is going to be how well the Falcons secondary handles the Eagles receivers because Philadelphia is very strong in that aspect of the game. If the defensive front gets pressure and those back end defenders can break on some balls the dirty birds might be able to bust this game open. The bottom line is the Eagles aren’t the same team that they were without Wentz in their line up.
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