Atlanta Falcons vs. Houston Texans: Tale of the tape

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Aug 16, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester (17) scores a touchdown during the second quarter as Houston Texans defensive back Brandon Harris (26) attempts to make a tackle at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

In Week 4, the Atlanta Falcons (3-0) return home after two road games to take on the Houston Texans (1-2). It’s the best start Atlanta has made to a season since 2012, but can they continue this roll and improve to 4-0?

To do so, the Falcons must overcome a strong front seven featuring the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year, J.J. Watt. Watt is one of the best athletes in the game and is a deadly force at bringing down the quarterback. Matt Ryan will need to be protected, and Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman must once again put in strong performances.

The Falcons have found a way to win games late, and have become the first team in NFL history to win their opening three games of the season with three fourth quarter comebacks. Atlanta overcame an 11-point halftime deficit last week against Dallas, and rallied in similar fashion against New York the week prior, overcoming a 10-point lead.

Getting behind in games is no blueprint for winning, but finishing strong certainly is. Can the Falcons stay undefeated? Here’s how the two teams matchup.

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