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Can the Falcons beat the Titans?

Posted By Josh Brown On Nov 18 2011 @ 9:48 am In Atlanta Falcons | No Comments

I didn’t get to see the end of the Falcons’ game last week, simply because I had been watching the game on my phone and it died after the Falcons’ first overtime possession. So I went several more hours not even knowing the result of the game, and didn’t find out how that result came until Monday.

I was kind of glad that I was spared the horror of that 4th and inches call by Mike Smith.

But today’s a new week, and the Falcons’ have a new task; let’s not focus on winning the division (that hope could be lost) and let’s make it into the playoffs and try to pull off a season like the Packers did last season.

The Falcons’ defense has struggled to get pressure on the QBs who have beat us this season. Most of our games have been close, with the exception of Week 1. Because of this, we have allowed good QBs (Cutler, Rodgers, Freeman, Brees) to make some good throws when we have a good enough secondary that could stop them all game if they could. Ray Edwards has been a slight disappointment, but the blame isn’t all on him. John Abraham has to step up as well. The defensive line has a whole needs to step up.

More importantly however, our offense needs to step up its’ scoring efficiency. If we had converted those long drives into touchdowns instead of field goals, we would have won that game against the Saints in regulation. But several field goals attempts before we even got a touchdown doomed our chances at winning. Truthfully, our defense did its job when we needed it to the most, but you can’t rely on a defense when going against Drew Brees.

Now onto this week. We’re taking on the Titans, which are kind of in the same boat we are in. Our stats look better than the Titans on paper, but we have to capitalize on scoring when we have the chance. The set up for this game is similar to the Colts. We have a great running attack, while the Titans aren’t so good at stopping the run. So what should we fans expect? Run, run, run. Jacquizz Rodgers has started to look good, and Michael Turner is good as always. Jason Snelling and Mike Cox are filling in nicely for Ovie Mughelli.

The problem may come with passing the ball. Matt Ryan isn’t looking particularly good this season, with more picks than he should have. This week could be bad also because Julio Jones is listed as questionable. Harry Douglass has done a fantastic job has his backup, but I’d rather had Douglas as the 3WR because there’s not much quality depth behind him (even though I’m waiting to see Kerry Meier get his chance). I hope Matt Ryan practiced extra hard on his accuracy this week, because we need him.

Prediction:
Expect the Falcons’ to run the ball and exploit the Titans’ run defense. This should be a good week for that. Also, let’s hope Matt Ryan can get back on track and let’s hope his WR will catch the ball. We also need to score touchdowns when we can.

Falcons 31, Titans 21 

PS: Oh yeah, if we lose this game, we may not make it to the playoffs this year.

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