Sep 12, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Mike Davis (28) carries the ball against Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Eric Wilson (50) during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
It is safe to assume that the Atlanta Falcons will probably not beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Falcons have major a couple major deficiencies that will have to go up against the Buccaneer’s strengths. The offensive line is the first one that sticks out and they do not fare well against an aggressive Bucs defensive line.
Flipping that around with the Falcons defensive line against the Buccaneers offensive line. These are the two reasons that the Falcons opened up the season with a loss and will likely be the reasoning behind starting the season with two losses.
If the Falcons want to compete this weekend, they have to do these things:
1) Establish the power running game and never stop
The Atlanta Falcons came out against the Eagles by running the ball down their throat. They were able to get long runs when they tried, but when they stopped consistently running the ball is when the game started to go downhill.
Generating a power running game against the Buccaneers will be anything but easy. On the inside of the line, the Falcons will have to deal with blocking some of the strongest players in the NFL – Vita Vea and Ndamukong Suh.
Those of you who watched the Bucs opening game should have seen numerous times when Vita Vea made the Cowboys linemen look like kindergarteners. Knowing that Jalen Mayfield will be blocking him most of the time, is not a good thought.
With that being said, Atlanta was able to run the ball at their own pace to start the season off against a good defensive line. The trend needs to continue throughout the game for Matt Ryan to even have a chance to throw the ball with proper timing and rhythm.