Falcons vs Vikings - Three Key Matchups

Matt Moore and Jared Allen - Minnesota Vikings v Carolina Panthers

When the Falcons meet the Vikings, there will be a few key matchups that decide the fate of the game. Let’s take a look at three:-

  • Falcons LT Will Svitek vs Vikings DE Jared Allen – On a team that is bereft of talent overall, Jared Allen is a massive exception. The super talented pass rusher already has 13.5 sacks on the year and the Falcons will prioritize him as the main threat on the Vikings defense. It will be up to Will Svitek to stop this great player. Svitek has done a very nice job in relief for Sam Baker, if he can limit Allen’s production then the left tackle job should be his for the rest of the season.
  • Falcons CB Dunta Robinson vs Vikings WR Micheal Jenkins – Jenkins could be a potential threat for the Falcons defense, as he knows all our players and their tendencies. The former Falcon has had a nice first season in Minnesota despite the lack of talent around him. Robinson matches up well with Jenkins physically and he should be able to keep Jenkins quiet for most of the game. It should still be an interesting one to watch.
  • Falcons DE Ray Edwards vs Vikings RT Phil Loadholt – Ray Edwards has a good matchup this week against his former teammate, Loadholt, who he should know the tendencies of and be able to take advantage of them. While Ray has been great against the run, we need to see more from him, when rushing the passer.
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