FALCONS RUN OFFENSE VS. JAGUARS RUN DEFENSE
As most know, the Jags were slashed all last week by the Titans in what looked a lot like the opening games of the Falcons last year against the Panthers and Bucs. But the Jags defense’s reputation is one that they are very tough to run on. It would seem that poor tackling and injuries hurt them against the Titans, and at least on the latter front there shouldn’t be too much improvement this week. The Falcons have a chance to establish a ground attack early against the Jags. But I do think that still given their Week 1 performances, I’m going to give the edge to the Jags, because they seem a unit less likely to have a repeat performance.
FALCONS PASS OFFENSE VS. JAGUARS PASS DEFENSE
The Falcons really didn’t stretch the field last week, and generally their secondary has been the weaker part of Jacksonville’s defense. I would want to put the Falcons up here. I think there will be improvement from the passing game as Harrington gets more comfortable in the offense. And the Jags secondary isn’t that impressive despite having Mathis and Nelson back there.
JAGUARS RUN OFFENSE VS. FALCONS RUN DEFENSE
The Jags weren’t able to establish the run because they were getting beat last week. The Falcons couldn’t stop the run consistently last week. I would expect this to be a “breakout” game for the Jags in the sense that they’ll start to look like the running offense that ranked No. 2 last year. I don’t think this is a big difference here though.
JAGUARS PASS OFFENSE vs. FALCONS PASS DEFENSE
I still think our secondary is weak, but luckily we don’t have to face another top quarterback this week. Garrard is better than Tarvaris Jackson, and the Jags receivers are better than any we faced last week. They could give our undersized corners some issues because in the past size has hurt us more than speed. This is only barely in the Falcons favor just because I have the feeling we’ll be able to put more pressure on the QB this week.
Once again, on the ground the Jags have the advantage, while I think we have it in the air. And again, traditionally that should mean the Jaguars win this one. But once again, I’m going to back my Falcons because I feel we will see an improved team from a week ago. And I’m not sure the Jags are that much better than the Vikings. Del Rio reminds me too much of Mora in that they are an inconsistent team that rarely plays at top form. The Jags top form will smoke the Falcons, but I think the Falcons will look vastly improved. At least my “homer-ism” makes me believe that.
Falcons 20, Jaguars 19