The Atlanta Falcons were a complete mess in 2013. Due to a powerful combination of injuries, inadequate play and misfortune, the Falcons finished at a woeful 4-12 after going 13-3 the previous season and dropping merely except the Super Bowl. The new season makes new hope.
Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals went 11-5 in 2013, gaining control of the AFC North and reaching the playoffs for the third successive year. Anybody enjoying very closely good enough would recognize this was not a shocking end result for among the most complete and well-coached teams in the NFL.
The Atlanta Falcons have actually gained their last three conferences versus the Cincinnati Bengals, however the games were played in between 2002 and 2010. That’s not all that current.
When both groups satisfy this season, it’ll be the initial time Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green and Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will take on against each other. Cincinnati took Green with the fourth overall selection in the 2011 draft. Atlanta went up 21 spots and took Jones simply two picks later.
Both receivers have prospered. Green has actually reviewed 1,000 lawns getting in each of his three seasons and has 3,833 yards in his occupation on 260 catches. He also has 29 touchdown functions.
Jones missed out on 11 games last season and 3 during his newbie year, yet has 2,737 backyards obtaining on 174 catches and 20 touchdowns. Green has had the far better profession thus far, yet Jones has the greater benefit. We’ll reach view them with each other for the first time in Week 2, but the succeeding team will be the much better on protection.
After a season that finished one play reluctant of reaching the Super Bowl, no one viewed the Atlanta Falcons’ 2013 collapse coming. Actually, the Falcons’ absence of depth to cope with the rash of injuries numerous of their key players endured is the main perpetrator to their disappointing 4-12 record last season.
While the Falcons have actually certainly gained from their errors, their results could not be completely erased in 2014. The real test for the team is how it fares on the road, specifically against a team without depth or ability issues like the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Falcons flaunt a quarterback-wide receiver tandem in Matt Ryan and Julio Jones that is very much like the Bengals’ Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, however that’s where the resemblances primarily quit. The Bengals’ running backs tandem of Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis trumps that of the Falcons, et cetera of their receivers are likewise exceptional.
Where the Bengals truly radiate goes to offensive line and on protection, and these two benefits will be the major factor they beat the Falcons in Week 2. The Falcons simply won’t manage to sustain, battered as they’ll be by Cincinnati’s protective front.