Establishing the run early will make life easier for QB Matt Ryan. RB Steven Jackson is coming off an injury and hasn’t played in the last five games. If he can get it going, the play action will be there for Matt Ryan and they can get their deep shots down field.
The Arizona Cardinals offensive line is not the greatest and can let down time to time. The falcons will have to disguise their coverage’s to bother Palmer and blitzes to confuse the offensive linemen. If Palmer starts to get hurried and hit, look for him to force some throws and that’s when the defense has to capitalize.
Last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gonzalez only had two receptions for 30 yards. The Falcons won the game, but now the Cardinals have film on the new WR’s that beat the Bucs secondary. The Falcons will need Tony Gonzalez to step up and produce more. The Cardinals have a great secondary, lead by CB Patrick Peterson.
Turnovers will be key to this game as it can make it or break it for both teams. If the Falcons play turnover free football, they won’t beat themselves and make it harder for the Cardinals to win. Carson Palmer has already thrown 13 interceptions and the Falcons will need to get one or two to win the game.
The Red zone has not been kind to the Atlanta Falcons, as they have struggled to get touchdowns rather than field goals. If the Falcons want to win, they will need to fix this problem as the Cardinals defense ranks 12th in total touchdowns allowed. Ramming it in with RB Jason Snelling or a fade route to TE Tony Gonzalez, something has to give.