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23.09.2019 03:28
Falcons defense vs. Eagles offense: How do they match up? Antworten

When the Falcons travel to Philadelphia on Thursday Calvin Ridley Jersey White , they’ll face a banged up Eagles offense that will likely be missing their top wide receiver and starting quarterback. Don’t sleep on this unit though, as Doug Pederson proved he is an excellent coach who knows how to take advantage of the guys he has. Here’s how the matchup between the Falcons defense against the Eagles offense looks on paper.Note: Analysis is based off of PFF scores.In the trenchesThe Eagles offensive line may be one of the best in the league. Jason Peters is past his prime, but is still one of the best left tackles in the NFL, and on the other side, Lane Johnson may be one of the best right tackles in the game right now. Center Jason Kelce is arguably the best in the league. Brandon Brooks is very good at right guard, while the only weak link — Stefen Wisniewski at left guard — is a quality player in his own right. This is a very good unit that is in the conversation for one of the best in the league. The Falcons defensive front has some intriguing pieces. Grady Jarrett is one of the best young defensive tackles in the league who excels against the run and the pass. Terrell McClain had a rough year in 2017 playing out of position, but has been a quality starter in the past. Vic Beasley has not quite lived up to his first-round status, but looks to bounce back in a move back to defensive end. Takkarist McKinley had a strong rookie year and could be the pass rushing boost this unit has needed.While the Falcons defensive front looks improved , they are going against one of the best offensive lines in the game. Until they can prove they are a dominant young unit, the edge has to go to the Eagles here.Advantage: EaglesThe skill positionsWith Carson Wentz still recovering from his 2017 ACL tear, it looks like the Eagles will start Nick Foles at QB. Foles had a great run in the 2017 playoffs, but is an up and down QB who has looked poor this preseason. He’ll also be missing Alshon Jeffery at WR1. Nelson Agholor had his best season yet last year, but is clearly not a WR1. At tight end, the Eagles do have the fantastic Zach Ertz, and he’ll likely be a primary passing target throughout the game. The Eagles’ most dangerous weapons is their trio of running backs. Jay Ajayi showed how dominant he can be when we played them last year. Darren Sproles is older, but is still a dynamic weapon that can give linebackers fits. Corey Clement is third on their depth chart Womens Takkarist McKinley Jersey , but is also a highly capable and dangerous weapon out of the backfield. The Falcons linebackers are highly athletic if not somewhat inconsistent. Deion Jones is on the verge of becoming one of the best in the league in the middle, excelling in pass coverage. De’vondre Campbell has steadily improved the last two years, and likewise has the ability to stick with nearly any RB or TE in the league with his coverage skills. Second-year linebacker Duke Riley is the wild card. He was a liability last year and will likely come off the field on passing downs. The Falcons secondary is a unit that deserves more respect than it gets. Veteran corners Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant are a great compliment to one another and both possess the speed to keep up with any receiver in the league. Ricardo Allen is an under appreciated free safety whose play is consistent and high quality. Keanu Neal is a nightmare over the middle who can hit hard but also covers tight ends particularly well. If Jeffery and Wentz were playing, this matchup would likely be much closer. However, with those guys out and the Falcons defense possessing the talent to handle the Eagles weapons, this part of the matchup favors Atlanta.Advantage: FalconsOverallThe Falcons defense has the ability to be a top unit, but will need to prove it this year. Getting a backup QB in their first game should help, though they will have a long day against this stout offensive line. However Takkarist McKinley Jersey White , if last year’s playoffs are any indication, they are more than up to the task of limiting this Eagles offense. Advantage: Falcons FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons placed linebacker Deion Jones on injured reserve on Tuesday, taking a second 2017 Pro Bowler from the defense in less than a week.The move with Jones comes after coach Dan Quinn on Friday announced safety Keanu Neal suffered a torn ligament in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season.Jones hurt his foot in Thursday night’s 18-12 opening loss at Philadelphia . Quinn said Tuesday that Jones will require surgery, but is expected to return this season.“We are bummed for Deion, but we do expect to get him back at some point this season,” Quinn said in a statement.“He represents all that we are looking for in a Falcon player, and while he will not be on the field for us right now , he will continue to have a presence in our building.”The Falcons didn’t release further details of Jones’ injury or surgery.Jones led the defense with nine tackles, one interception and two passes defensed against the Eagles. It was his seventh career interception.He had 138 tackles, three interceptions and one sack in 2017 when he earned his first Pro Bowl selection.Jones must remain on IR for at least six weeks. He then would have two weeks to return to the roster. The earliest date he could return would be on Nov. 11 for Atlanta’s game at Cleveland.Second-year linebacker Duke Riley may take Jones’ spot at middle linebacker in the starting lineup. Quinn said Friday a combination of Damontae Kazee and Jordan Richards will be the first options to replace Neal.Jones, a second-round draft pick from LSU in 2016, and Neal have been keys to dramatic improvements on defense under Quinn.In other roster moves on Tuesday, the Falcons promoted running back Brian Hill to the active roster and signed wide receiver Julian Williams to the practice squad. The team also waived defensive tackle Jacob Tuioti-Mariner from the practice squad.

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