Brady does an excellent job spreading the ball around. Of course Givens and Branch are the focus of the passing game, but the Patriots don't have a problem going to a guy like Dwight, Watson, or another backup if they need a big play. And that's what scares me about their passing game. We're going to need all 5 corners to step up this week: Cash, Hall, Webster, Morton, and Rossum. In the season opener, the Raiders played a lot of zone against the Pats, which I thought was a huge mistake. The Pats WRs are quick and small and can easily find soft spots in zone coverages. I think the Falcons are going to have to bite the bullet and play a lot of man, which I've seen them do over the past few weeks.
Hall is definitely going to need to step up. I'm not sure you can say he's shut down anybody. T.O. had over 100 yards in Week 1, and although he didn't get into the endzone, he did have a pretty good game. Hall played well considering he was on an island with T.O., but he didn't shut him down. Darrell Jackson followed up with a good performance in Week 2, and Hall looked outmatched. Against the Bills, he played well, but he got a lot of help from Losman's poor passing and Mularkey's unwillingness to throw. This past week, the front 7 stepped up and put a lot of pressure on Culpepper, basically making Hall's job very easy. But I think if we're going to beat the Pats, he may need to have his best game yet.
I think one very key stat is this:
The Pats have not lost two games back to back since December 2002. But one positive, under Mora, the Falcons are 2-0 when they follow a home win with a consecutive home game.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.