The Falcons are 3-0 and off to an impressive start. In Week 4, the Falcons are back home and welcome the reigning Defensive Player of the Year in J.J. Watt to the Georgia Dome. Can Julio continue his dominance? Will the defense respond to last week’s suspect showing? Will Mallet and Hopkins test Trufant?
The Bird Brehs analyzed match-ups the Falcons must key on to continue their winning ways.
Houston secondary vs. Julio Jones
It’s no secret that the key to the Atlanta Falcons offense this season has been WR Julio Jones, who through three games is off to a historic start with 34 catches for 440 yards and 4 TDS. For the Texans to win, they have to have great play from their trio of corner-backs Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson and Kevin Johnson. Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan likes to move Julio around the field on offense so look for Julio to lineup inside or outside or maybe even out of the backfield. Houston’s corner-backs will also have to contend with WRs Leonard Hankerson and Roddy White as the Falcons look to move to 4-0 for the first time since 2012 when they started the season 8-0.
Rome Brown says:
Kevin Johnson vs. Julio Jones
A key match-up will be Julio Jones vs. rookie CB Kevin Johnson. Julio has 34 catches, which is an NFL record through three games. Johnson along with the other Texans DBs have played well this season, but haven’t faced a QB/WR duo like Matt Ryan and Julio Jones yet, so I look forward to a another dominating performance from Julio.
Prediction: 11 catches, 149 yard, 2TDs
Texans RBs vs. Falcons Tackling
Last week, the Cowboys hopped out to an early lead thanks to some terrible tackling. On their first TD run, Joseph Randle was hit a couple yards behind the line and was able to break down the field. We stepped up in the 2nd half, but with Alfred Blue coming off a 131 yards rushing and Arian Foster making his season debut, we cannot have a relapse back into the poor form we displayed in the first half last Sunday.
Tee Little says:
DeAndre Hopkins vs. Desmond Trufant
It didn’t take long for Desmond Trufant to receive the Richard Sherman treatment. So far in 2015, Trufant has been targeted a total of seven times by opposing quarterbacks. Of those seven attempts, Trufant has allowed three receptions. Trufant will face his first test of the season matching up against another young NFL talent, DeAndre Hopkins. With Foster’s status not yet confirmed, Hopkins is the most dangerous player on the Houston Texans offense.