Three Match-ups to Watch in Falcons vs Bengals Showdown

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Carlos Dunlap vs Gabe Carimi

Aug 1, 2014; Lawrenceville, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons guard Gabe Carimi (68) and offensive tackle Jake Matthews (70) work on a drill watched by offensive line coach Mike Tice (hat) during practice during Falcons Friday Night Lights at Archer High School. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

With Jake Matthews probably being sidelined this week, Gabe Carimi will step in at left tackle. Needless to say, Carimi had a dreadful performance against the Saints last Sunday.

But throughout practice this week, coach Mike Smith went on and on about how he was so impressed with the reserve left tackle.

To make matters more nerve-wrecking, Carlos Dunlap is no joke. Dunlap has the ability to take over any game with his pass-rushing skills, even recording 7.5 sacks in 2013. He started off strong with a sack against the Baltimore Ravens last week.

If Carimi wants a chance against Dunlap, he must stay his ground and not get bull rushed. Dunlap is huge at 6’6 and 280 pounds, a size in which most offensive tackles aren’t used to. Let’s hope Matt Ryan just comes out of the game healthy….