1) Figure out how the Bucs will try to take away Julio Jones
Buccaneers are focusing on taking Julio Jones away. It’s in their best interest to get Julio Jones the ball early and often or perhaps run something to get Taylor Gabriel, Sanu involved to some pressure off Jones.
Levonta David will be out, so getting Austin Hooper integrated into the offense should definitely be a priority. Hopefully Hooper catches them, instead of dropping them like he has all year.
2) Pressure get Vic Beasley into a pass rush rhythm.
Falcons have used Beasley in pass coverage a lot this year due to injuries to Duke Riley who had knee surgery. Granted you have Adrian Clayborn Takk McKinley at your disposal. But Vic Beasley is the reigning NFL sack leader..
Bucs are getting Jameis Winston back, which pretty much guarantees to see Vic Beasley pass rush mode.
If Beasley gets going look for Dirk Koetter to mix in screen plays to try to slow down Falcons attack. So watch out for Tampa’s screens.
3) Must limit turnovers.
With one of the weirdest games of Matt Ryan’s career throwing three interceptions against the Saints. Falcons cannot afford to have another poor performance like that. Especially with Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, Vernon Hargreaves and Lavonte David all being out with injuries.
The offense must come ready to play and give themselves a better chance of getting into the playoffs.
With Seattle’s loss to the Rams 42 – 7 Falcons must win 2-3 games to get into the playoffs.
What are your thoughts on this game Falcons Fam?