for king and country
- Jan 20, 2007
I think MMSP has the right idea here, but I'm not seeing the paired thread.Lets make some separate threads for different aspects of the matchup.
What do you see the Patriots trying to do to contain Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense?
Just to kick things off, other than stopping Julio Jones, I think one of the biggest challenges will be handling their RBs in the passing game. The duo of Freeman and Coleman caught over 80% of their combined targets. Coleman averaged 13.6 yards per reception out of the backfield, which is just ridiculous. Do we have the LBs to match up in man coverage on those backs? To me, this seems like a major concern that might really shape our overall scheme and game plan.
First off, we know the perennial question: How well does Atlanta rush the passer with four?
Also, I haven't seen much of the Falcons, but my understanding is they run a zone. We also Brady does well against zone. But: Can they switch out of zone and surprise them for a game? Throw wrinkles that the Pats might struggle with?
Who's got some insight into the Falcons D?