3. Control time of possession
The Atlanta Falcons come into this game against the New England Patriots with a juggernaut of an offense that could very well be one of the best of all time. While the Falcons can score in a hurry and put plenty of points on the board, they might want to help their defense out with some long drives.
Chewing clock and being methodical would mean less time that Brady is allowed to have the ball in his hands. Now, this should still be a high-scoring game with the Patriots getting plenty of chances but Atlanta can help limit those chances by taking a lot of time off the clock.
Atlanta doesn’t have to worry as they have an offense that can do anything asked of them. With a two-headed monster of a running game, the Falcons can turn to Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman to gash the Patriots and burn time. The Patriots are stout against the run, which means the offensive line will be key in this push.
When Atlanta finally does get off the field and Brady takes over with the ball in his hands, it’s imperative that they leave with points on the board. They can’t trade field goals for touchdowns. They need long scoring drives that chew up the better portion of a quarter.