Three things the Atlanta Falcons must do to win on Thanksgiving
1. The young guys must be more involved on offense
It’s easy to forget that Calvin Ridley is only in his second year in the league with his play on the field.
This will be an important game for Ridley as the Atlanta Falcons could be without Julio Jones. Julio injured his shoulder during the Bucs game and was noticeably absent for a large portion of the matchup.
Not having Julio really opened up the chances for Russell Gage to have a major breakout game. While Ridley did end the games as the Atlanta Falcons leading receiver, Gage was not far behind and had a career day.
Gage ended the day with a career-high of 76 yards on eight catches. Not having Julio, Austin Hooper, or Luke Stocker will put Ridley, Gage, Christian Blake, and Jaeden Graham at the forefront of this Atlanta Falcons passing attack.
The Atlanta Falcons most likely may see Marshon Lattimore returning from his injury sustained in the first matchup in New Orleans, but this time he will be paired up with Ridley.
Getting Lattimore back will be a huge upgrade for the Saints defense that struggled mightily last week against the Carolina Panthers.
The Atlanta Falcons may also see Devonta Freeman suit up again and demote running back Brian Hill to more of a role player, where he has succeeded all season up until this point.
Both running backs combined for 99 yards against the first matchup, but without Freeman, Hill has been pretty underwhelming.