Atlanta Falcons better have an actual game plan to stop Texans offense
The offense isn’t the only side of the football where the Atlanta Falcons need to show up and play against the Texans. The defense needs to step up and do their part as well.
This week, the Atlanta Falcons have the luxury of going up against an offensive line that has surrendered 18 sacks so far this season, which on trails the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals.
Needless to say, the Falcons have to get pressure on Deshaun Watson or else it could be a long day for the secondary having to deal with DeAndre Hopkins and the speedy Will Fuller.
The defense has to keep eyes on Watson at all times. Whether it is Deion Jones shadowing him for parts of the game or Takk McKinley or Vic Beasley screaming off the edge, the Falcons must keep him on his toes running for his life.
The Falcons can’t forget about Duke Johnson in the backfield for the Texans. He’s highly elusive and is one of, if not the best pass-catching running backs in the game and that’s not a stretch at all. There needs to be an all-hands effort to make good tackles on Johnson and Carlos Hyde as well.
The secondary must do what they can to take Hopkins out of this game and it could very well depend on how effective the Falcons pass rush will be in this game. If the pass rush is good, half of the job is already done, if not, then there must be a body on him, better yet two bodies on him at all times.
Last but not least, the Atlanta Falcons defense must create turnovers to give the potentially explosive offense as many chances they made need to put points on the board. Creating turnovers not only gives the offense more chances to score but it also limits the opportunities the Texans have to score as well.
The less time Deshaun Watson has the ball in his hands, the more likely the Falcons can come out with a win.
A struggle win will not be sufficient enough for the Falcons especially when their jobs are at stake. This coaching staff, this team, has to show drastic improvement not only for the league but to restore the Falcons fan faith in this team.