After completing blanking on this segment last week, I reached out to Jamie Kelly of BloggingDirty.com who was kind enough to give us some responses from the perspective of a Falcons fan. I also answered some questions for Jamie which can be found here.
We asked Jamie to briefly recap on the thrashing the Falcons took last week, what the reaction to Michael Vick will be like, as well as where each team will have an advantage come Sunday night.
Jamie ends by giving us a final prediction on the game. And away we go…
BirdsFan: After the beating the Bears put on them last week, what one area do you think the Falcons needed to work on the most this week?
BloggingDirty: Difficult to point out just one area, as the Falcons were poor in all facets last week. If I had to go with one, i would go for secondary play , our secondary were slipping over and making mistakes on an all to frequent basis last week. Although i think part of that was the Bears playing field but poor play as well. The Falcons are hoping to introduce newly signed DB’s James Sanders and Kelvin Hayden this week, which should give the secondary a boost.
BF: What type of reception do you believe Michael Vick will receive returning to Atlanta as the Eagles starting quarterback?
BD: It will be very mixed, no doubt there will be fans with #7 Falcons Vick jerseys on but i think a majority will be like me that still feel hurt and betrayed. Check out my article on my personal Mike Vick story by clicking here.
BF: I’m sure you’ve kept an eye on Vick since he joined the Eagles. How do you view him as a quarterback now? Do you believe he was worth the contract the Eagles gave him?
BD: For sure he is a better quarterback now than he was during his time in Atlanta. Andy Reid has done a great job with him utilising his assets well but still transitioning him into a drop back style QB. As for the contract, i have no problem giving it to him because the Eagles had no real other choice after the way he played last year. The only downside is he is quite an injury prone player so there is a high element of risk there as well.
BF: With the Eagles struggles in run defense last week and the group of corners they have, what do you expect the Falcons run/pass ratio to look like Sunday night?
BD: I think it will be about 50/50, for sure the Eagles corners are scary which will affect the passing game, which will probably force the Falcons back into the run first mentality, which could be a method for success for Atlanta.
BF: On Sunday night, where will the Falcons have an advantage on offense? On defense?
BD: On offense the Falcons will run the ball at Philly, which could be a very big advantage unless the Eagles break out to an early lead and forcing the Falcons to throw. Stopping the run is key for the Eagles to win this game. On Defense, the Falcons pass rush could have success against an average Eagles O-Line. John Abraham and Kroy Biermann looked very good last week, look for them to put some pressure on Vick.
BF: Where will the Eagles have an advantage on offense? On defense?
BD: The Eagles have so much speed on offense, that the falcons probably will not dare to play that much man coverage. With that in mind, if Vick can pick apart the zone coverage then it could be a long day for the Falcons defenders. On Defense it has to be the corner depth, I expect Nmandi to try and take Roddy White out of the game, if he does that then it will be up to Julio Jones and Harry Douglass to beat DRC and Asante Samuel. Should be a great battle!
BF: What player could be a potential x-factor for the Falcons on Sunday?
BD: Tony Gonzalez. With all the WR’s matched up against the talented eagles corners, expect Tony G to get targeted a lot. He looked very good last week and I expect him to have a big night against the Eagles.
BF: Give me a score prediction.
BD: Gonna be a close one for sure, I will go with 24 – 20 to the Falcons.