How Should The Eagles Handle The Falcons Offense?
On Saturday the Eagles are playing an Atlanta Falcons team featuring the 2016 NFL MVP Matt Ryan and one of the top Wide Receivers in the NFL, Julio Jones. But the 2017 Falcons Offense is only scoring 22.1 Points Per Game (15th in the NFL) which is 11.7 less Points than last season (33.8 Points Per Game in 2016). The Falcons are 6-8 over the last two seasons in games that Jones has at least Six Catches, including the Eagles 24-15 victory over Atlanta last season.
Turron Davenport of USA Today Eagles Wire joined The Sports Bash on Wednesday and talked about how the Eagles need to handle the Falcons offense:
“I would be more concerned with the Running Backs because Julio Jones is going to get his, that’s a given just like the sun is going to come up tomorrow Julio is going to get his so you just have to let that happen but keep him from getting into the end zone. The Falcons want to come out and run the football; if you can make them one dimensional then you can do some other things to limit Julio a little bit more – If they can get them behind the chains into situations where they know the Falcons are going to pass, listen I’ll take Tim Jernigan and Fletcher Cox against their interior guys. Wes Schweitzer and Ben Garland, these are guys that should not be starters and they’re going against a one-two punch that is one of the best (defensive) tackle tandems….So that’s why I would take away the run force them to pass”
Checkout what Davenport had to say about the attitude of the Eagles players as the team prepares for the Falcons, Jay Ajayi's role on Saturday, and more