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Friday, September 25, 2009

Game Preview: Patriots vs Falcons

By: Greg

Matty Ice and the potent Falcons come to the razor this weekend for a big early season matchup. Win and all is forgotten at 2-1, lose and the New England Region goes into panic at 1-2. The Falcons have one of the best offenses in the league which spells doom for a young Patriots defense but the Falcons have a average defense in which can be score on.

Keys to the Game

1. Containing Tony Gonzalez- Tony G is one of the Top 3 Tight Ends in the league and is on the same page as Matty Ice. The linebackers and safeties are going to have to key on Tony G. especially in the Red Zone.

2. Keeping John Abraham and the Rush off Brady- Matt Light vs Abraham is a big match up. If Light can keep Brady clean and give him time, Brady can step into his throws and get his timing down.

3. Stuffing the Run Game- Micheal Turner is a bowling ball. Wilfork and the Front Seven need to clog holes so Turner doesnt bowling ball down into the Pats secondary.

4. Have a run game- On the other hand the Patriots need to establish a run game. Fred Taylor has look good when running the ball but he just does not get enough touches. Maroney and Morris can also run the rock. If the Pats can balance out the run and pass they can keep the defense guessing. It will also set up 3rd and short rather than 3rd and 10. The Falcons have a very bad run defense, this is the week to get on the run.

Players to watch

Offense- Matty Ice- Being a BC Fan, I am of course a Matty Ice fan. Ice will be a star in this league, Brady like. If Ice is hott the Pats are in trouble. He will pick on the secondary of the Pats and most likely put up big numbers.

Defense- Chris Houston- Randy Moss was shut down last week but this week he gets a break. Chris Houston is no Revis. Houston will get picked on, will he be up for the challenge? I dont think so. Look for Randy to have a bounce back game.

MVPs of the Game

Offense- Fred Tractor Taylor- Feed the Truck. Tractor Taylor will have a huge game. The Pats need to give him the ball 15-20 times this week against a weak rush defense. Tractor Taylor will have over 80 yards with 1 golden TD.

Defense- Derrick Burgess- Wake up Derrick, this is your week to get after Matty Ice and show us why the Pats traded for you. I sense a big game out of Burgess. He will be working against a so so pass blocking line. In order to win the game the Pats need to put pressure on Ice.

Prediction- Pats 28 Falcons 24-

The Running Game brings the Pats a victory.

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