Atlanta Falcons matchup preview: New York Giants

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Oct 5, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (21) breaks up a pass to Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

A look ahead to the Week 2 matchup

FB: In many ways, the Falcons and Giants are similar. Two potentially great offenses hoping their defense can catch up. Both teams have sat out in January of late but are looking to reach the same heights they did just a few years ago. What do you think the Giants need to do to beat the Falcons?

CS: Well the Giants need to take advantage of the Falcons porous offensive line. The Giants need to get to Matt Ryan and make life a little easier for their secondary. This game comes down to pass protection. If you give Manning the time, he will tear the Falcons apart.

FB: Let’s flip it the other way — how does Atlanta walk out of MetLife Stadium with a victory? 

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CS: The Falcons must rush Manning and disrupt the timing of each passing play. Reroute receivers, disrupt the launch point of Manning, do anything to kill the Giants rhythm.

Ben McAdoo’s west coast attack is all about timing and precision. Aggressive defense is the only way to shut it down; though its a double edged sword. If you play these receivers tight, you better have safety help over top. The Falcons need to get to Manning to win this game.

I’d like to personally thank Chris for his time to talk to us. I spoke with him last week to give the Falcons’ perspective in an article for GMEN HQ, which you can check out here. I can’t speak highly enough of the work Chris and the GMEN HQ staff do over there. We will speak some more with him in the week building up to the game.

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