Friday, October 14, 2011

Atlanta Falcons Preview Against The Carolina Panthers

Panthers QB Cam Newton
Falcons QB Matt Ryan
Its time to step it up this week for the Falcons. After a loss to the Green Bay Packers last week, we look to bounce back against the 1-4 Carolina Panthers. QB Cam Newton has been nothing but sensational this season despite his team's lack of success. What I think will win us this game is Michael Turner's running game. Since 2008, Turner has had a lot of success against Carolina. Falcons rookie WR Julio Jones is out with a hamsting injury so other offensive weapons such as WR Roddy White, Harry Douglas, and TE Tony Gonzalez will have to step up. I believe Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez will pick apart the Panthers defense and get Gonzalez into the endzone twice.
  Our defense improved last week despite giving up a 14-0 lead to the Packers.  Cam Newton has been putting up huge numbers this season but has not able to get his team a lot of wins. Turnovers have been a problem for him and I think our defense should take advantage of that. Our offense has too much talent to be struggling. All credit due to the Packers, but I think our offense should have easily picked apart their defense.

I think this Week 6 matchup against the Panthers will give the Falcons a lot of improvement in many different areas. We have a 2nd straight home game and a chance to show our fans what Falcons football is really about.  I think Matty Ice will shine and I think other receivers such as Harry Douglas will finally get his opportunity to step up. I think other contributors on defense should have more chances to show what they're about such as DE Kroy Bierman and CB Dominque Franks. Carolina has kept its defense in tact by resigning LB John Beason and DE Charles Johnson. They will be looking to get into our backfield quickly but our offensive line is a huge factor in us winning this game.

We have to get pressure on Newton all game and force him to throw turnovers and get into the backfield every time. His go - to WR is Steve Smith and Smith is having a re surging year after a quiet 2010. Our CBs have to play lockdown defense on him. I would like to see LB Sean Weatherspoon finally step up and show us the star LB he is supposed to be.  It seems that our defense has jus been struggling to get sacks this season. Our defense has to play hard-knocks football like the Jets and Ravens defense. That's what will win us a lot of football games this season. I think we will make that happen and we will get the win against the Carolina Panthers.

1 comment:

  1. This will be a tough game. It is also a must win, as the Falcons have to keep pace with the Saints.
    Cam Newton has been great, and the Panthers have been competitive in all their games. Despite being 1-4 the Panthers could easily have 1 or 2 more wins.

    Matty Ice must step up his game, and I look for more no-huddle offense. I hope they go back to the ground game with more ball control. With Turner and Snelling I would like to see more power running.

    The D must get pressure, but also contain Cam. He is so athletic that once he is outside the pocket he is very dangerous. He can run or pass downfield, and this really breaks down a defense. Hopefully Abraham will play, and it seems that maybe Edwards knee is starting to come around.

    Falcons by 3.