Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints: Full game preview
Who to watch
A lot of focus is on Julio this week. Of course, defenses always base their gameplan around him, but this week there is a much bigger spotlight on him. Will the Falcons feed him the ball consistently to try and help him break the receptions record? Maybe some easy screen passes are in order.
To win the game, Jones will need to breakout a big game against a struggling Saints defense.
It’s been an up-and-down season for the rookie. Beasley hasn’t exploded onto the scene like many expected, but he has done a lot of good on the field. Beasley has disrupted offensive linemen many times this year without being able to finish it off with a sack, but he made his presence known around the NFL last week when he sealed the win with a strip sack on Cam Newton.
Can the rookie build on the performance and finish the year strong?
It’s not just Jones who has an opportunity to tally up some statistical awards. Freeman won’t be able to catch Adrian Peterson and Doug Martin in rushing yards this year, but the second-year man has a chance to reach the 1,000-yard mark on the year, provided he rushes for 20 yards.
Freeman is currently tied with DeAngelo Williams for the most rushing touchdowns on the year (11). A strong showing against New Orleans will give him a great chance to seal the No. 1 spot.
Freeman has 13 total touchdowns on the year, one behind Doug Baldwin in top spot. A multiple-score game could win Freeman No. 1 in this category too.