Atlanta Falcons vs. Patriots: Week 7 staff predictions

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Julio Jones (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Julio Jones (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Writer : Adnan Ikic

Game: Atlanta Falcons (3-2) at New England Patriots (4-2)

Breakdown: This is the game which has been circled on many calendars in Atlanta since the Superbowl. The rematch, and with it comes a chance to get at least a measure of revenge for the blown lead in the big game. Expect there to be many 28-3 signs in Gillette Stadium on Sunday Night.

Atlanta has been playing down to its competition all year long, barely winning games against the inferior Bears and Lions, and then losing games to the Dolphins and Bills. I’d be surprise if any of these four teams end up in the playoffs this year. However, on the other end of the spectrum, the Falcons have played up to their competition when matched up with opposing contenders from the second half of last season on. I would expect more of the same against the New England Patriots, who are obvious contenders.

New England will be without two of its top 3 corners, and they boast one of the worst defenses in the NFL this year. This is the game where things should start to turn for the struggling Falcons offense, and where Julio Jones should finally find the endzone.

If the offense does its job it’ll be up to the defense to get some stops against Tom Brady, who has been lights out this season. The main worry against the Patriots is how to deal with Rob Gronkowski, the best tight end in all of football. The Patriots should score a lot, but I trust the defense to stop them just enough to win a shootout.

Prediction: Atlanta 34, New England 28