Atlanta Falcons vs Baltimore Ravens: Full Game Preview

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Aug 29, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is grabbed by Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon as a flag is thrown in the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports

What to watch

Among all the chaos, what parts of the game should we focus on? We’ll get to individual players in a moment, but what three things should you look out for?

Falcons offensive line looks to rebound

The offensive line was given a harsh reality check by Miami last week and will be looking to rebound. They will be desperate to rebound against the Ravens, even if the starters aren’t on the field for long. If the Falcons are to reach the playoffs this season, the line will need to be able to hold its own against the NFL’s better defensive fronts.

Matt Ryan needs better protection and Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman will need more help if they are to enhance the run game. Coleman was stuffed behind the line of scrimmage a couple of times last week due to awful run blocking.

Backup QB role enters final chapter

T.J. Yates’ days could be numbered, which means the attention will likely turn to Rex Grossman and Sean Renfree. Who will emerge as the No. 2 behind Matt Ryan? It’s hard to imagine Grossman would be brought in to be the third-string behind Renfree. The veteran has an understanding of Kyle Shanahan’s offense and should provide competent quarterback play if called upon. He’s a player to watch.

Who wins the fullback battle?

This one is tough to call. Is it possible the Falcons keep two fullbacks on the roster? Assuming not, who will emerge as the winner – Patrick DeMarco or Collin Mooney? Mooney impressed during the Jets game, making a 60-yard reception and important block on a Terron Ward rushing touchdown in the opening drive, but he barely featured against the Dolphins. Will one of these two emerge?

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