Atlanta Falcons: Three Match-Ups to Watch Against Vikings

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Falcons Running Backs vs Vikings Run D

Aug 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars free safety Josh Evans (26) tackles Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) on a run in the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

With Chad Greenway absent for the Minnesota Vikings, expect the Atlanta Falcons to grind it up the middle all game.

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"The depth of this running back group will be too much for the Vikings. Starting back Steven Jackson is a power runner that can tire defenses pretty quickly. Jacquizz Rodgers loves to run between the tackles, and the little Dirty Bird is almost impossible to find in the midst of all the action due to his small size. Antone Smith has the ability to break a 50 yard run from anywhere, and Devonta Freeman’s production is undeniable if given the chances, article “Expect More Ground-and-Pound from Falcons On Sunday”"

There is just no excuse for this one. The Vikings hold a top 12 pass defense at the moment, but are in the bottom half of the run defense and not having their star middle linebacker there will make matters worse.

With Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith, and Devonta Freeman, expect the Dirty Birds to put on a clinic on the ground today.