Atlanta Falcons vs. 49ers: Three keys to the game

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Nov 1, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Establish rhythm on offense

Atlanta was able to move the football last week, but froze when it came to putting up points in the red zone. They need to establish some rhythm and get back to the play we saw early in the season, which resulted in a dominant offensive performance against Houston.

A balance between the run and pass will go a long way to beating this defense. Devonta Freeman is playing at an elite level and can burn opponents between the tackles or outside as a receiver. Establishing the run opens up the play-action pass, and that’s where it can get dangerous.

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We saw a complete performance on offense against the Texans, which resulted in a blowout. The key is to get out of the slump and find some rhythm. This can be done by establishing balance, converting on third downs and being efficient in the red zone. And that leads me perfectly onto my final point.

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