Atlanta Falcons: What to expect against the Miami Dolphins


Week three of the preseason is officially here and the Atlanta Falcons will be looking to get into the win column for the second time when they take on the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium.

Out of all four preseason games that the NFL plays, game three is always the best one to watch. This is because the starters play the most out of any game and will likely play the entire first half. If the Falcons’ first-team plays anything like they have in the first two games, then we are in for a lot of points and good play on both sides of the ball.

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Players to watch for tonight on offence include Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Leonard Hankerson, Justin Hardy and most importantly, Tevin Coleman who will be making his NFL debut tonight at running back. Other aspects to look for is who shines out of the tight end group and who will win the backup jobs on the offensive line.

It is unknown as to how many reps Coleman will get tonight, but I wouldn’t expect it to be a lot. Coleman is coming off of a strained hamstring and could easily re-aggravate the injury if pressed to hard in his first in-game action. But, nonetheless, Coleman will get some reps and will hopefully spark a running back unit that has struggled mightily in the first two preseason games.

On the defensive side of the ball the first-team has dominated opponents in the first two games. The unit has not allowed a single point and has been led by middle linebacker Paul Worrilow and a much improved pass rush that includes rookie Vic Beasley, Adrian Clayborn and Jonathan Babineaux.

Both Desmond Trufant and William Moore will miss their second consecutive game due to injury which will allow the backups to show off what they can do in game three and whether or not they are deserving of a roster spot. Look for guys such as Kemal Ishmael, Robert Alford and Phillip Adams to be on the field quite a bit tonight with the injuries to those two.

The Falcons’ offensive line is going up against one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake will get their opportunity to pick apart the Falcons’ line which will be a great test for a unit that has done a great job of protecting Ryan in the first two games.

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