Falcons vs. Texans: Complete game preview

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Sep 27, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Why to watch

How’s this offensive line going to hold up with its first true test? It’s come a long way from where it was a year ago, but this Texans team knows a thing or two about rushing the passer. It’s going to be a tall order to keep J.J. Watt quiet all game, so the blocking from the tight ends and running backs will be crucial when called upon.

Can Devonta Freeman produce another outstanding performance against the 19th ranked run defense? He’s going to get the carries to do so. Matt Ryan will want to open up the play-action passing game again to find his favorite target Julio Jones as often as possible.

And can this defense put in another good performance? If Arian Foster doesn’t return, this will be the most favorable matchup the unit has faced all season. They won’t be dealing with Sam Bradford or Eli Manning; they won’t be dealing with a fast-paced offense like Chip Kelly’s. DeAndre Hopkins is a great player, but he’s not Odell Beckham, who the Falcons had to defend two weeks ago.

If Atlanta’s defense can hold up and the offense can keep rolling, this team will go 4-0. And that is more than enough reason to watch this game.

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