The barometer in all sporting events isn’t the number of points a team puts up, but the number of wins. If you only look at that for Atlanta’s upcoming game against Dallas, it should be a walk in the park for the Falcons. Yet this is one of those times where it’s important to pay attention to stats, because that’s one way Dallas may finally hand Atlanta its first loss of the season.
Believe it or not, the matchup of the Eagles and Falcons goes much further than simply Michael Vick facing his former team. While not divisional opponents, the two teams play each other about two times in three years.
With the ground games of both teams near the bottom both on the offensive and defensive sides, the ability of one team to either establish a running game or prevent one may decide this game.
Atlanta opens up division play this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. As the 1-2 Panthers head into the Georgia Dome to face the 3-0 Falcons, Atlanta needs to make sure this doesn’t end up being a trap game.
Unanswered questions from the preseason will finally begin to take shape when the Falcons head to Arrowhead Stadium Sunday.