Will the Falcons hand the Rams their fourth straight loss?
The Atlanta Falcons come back to Mercedes Benz this afternoon to take on the defending NFC Champion LA Rams.
Both teams are looking to end losing streaks. The Atlanta Falcons have lost four in a row and five of their first six while the LA Rams are trying to avoid a four-game losing streak.
As we discussed earlier this week, Matt Ryan is looking to improve to 6-0 all-time against the Rams. Newly acquired cornerback Jalen Ramsey and former UGA standout Todd Gurley are both expected to play this afternoon against the Falcons, so it will be all hands on deck for the Rams.
With news breaking Friday afternoon that Vic Beasley is on the trading block, it will be very interesting to see how he comes out this afternoon. Will he play with energy or will he simply go through the emotions?
Here is how the staff at Blogging Dirty thinks the game plays out this afternoon.
Jeff Benedict – Site Expert
This will be the first time that big mouth Jalen Ramsey will face Julio Jones and Matt Ryan. I have no doubt that both Matt and Julio remember Ramsey’s comments last year about Matt Ryan being overrated. It has been three weeks since Julio last got into the endzone and I believe he has at least two touchdowns today.
The defense will be another issue. No Desmond Trufant again and we all know that Rams head coach Sean McVay is going to go after both Isaiah Oliver and Kendall Sheffield. I think the defensive line gets involved today and records not one, not two but four sacks of Jared Goff today helping out the young Falcons corners.
If the Falcons can hold Aaron Donald to under four sacks, the Falcons end their losing streak.
- Falcons: 38
- Rams: 31
Matthew Summers – Contributor
I believe that this game will be another high scoring affair. I see the Falcons offense continue to move the ball and put up points, but I don’t think their defense will be able to stop the likes of Kupp, Woods, and Cook. Rams are coming off of two ugly losses and are going to come into this game hungry for a win. Rams win this game.
- Falcons: 27
- Rams: 38
Ross Terrell – Contributor
At some point, you’d stop picking a 1-5 team to win games against actual playoff contenders. Maybe it’s the hope of speaking over reality. This is a Falcons blog after all. But this Sunday, two words: Aaron Donald. He changes this game and the Falcons slow start and porous defense is too much to overcome. Dan Quinn has one more game as the Falcons coach after this shellacking.
- Falcons: 17
- Rams: 35
Joe Beasley – Contributor
The Atlanta Falcons are facing another struggling team that has had high expectations the LA Rams. The big question for the Falcons is how are they going to try and slow down an angry Aaron Donald? Will this be the game the defense shows up?
Matt Ryan looks like his old self and in order for that keep up, they have to run the ball and at least give Ryan some time to get the ball out of their hands. Expect a lot of quick passes to ensure he doesn’t have to keep the ball longer than what he needs to. I expect the Rams to put the newly acquired Jalen Ramsey on Julio Jones so the other guys need to step up in a big way.
This could be a high scoring affair as well but without a healthy Todd Gurley, the Falcons SHOULD win this game.
- Falcons: 37
- Rams: 34
Matt Siegman – Contributor
Last week the Atlanta Falcons lost another game because of poor defensive play. Matt Ryan and the offense played a great game, but the defense let the team down. So far this is the best way to describe Ryan’s career.
Expect another shootout on Sunday with the defense failing the team once again. The Rams just traded for Jalen Ramsey but expect the Falcons offense to keep rolling into next week. Sean McVay’s game plan is going to torch the Falcons defense.
- Falcons: 41
- Rams: 48
Ethan Johnson – Contributor
I think Sunday’s match up with the Los Angeles Rams will not go well for the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have arguably the worst defense in the NFL and an inconsistent offensive line with a non-existent run game. The Rams have plenty of weapons on offense to use against the Falcons.
On defense, the Rams are also stacked, especially along the defensive line. Aaron Donald and Clay Matthews will tally multiple sacks each, while the Falcons will yet again get absolutely zero pressure on Goff.
- Falcons: 17
- Rams: 35