The Atlanta Falcons must do the impossible in week four
By Nick Halden
For the Atlanta Falcons to have a chance at pulling off a week four upset against the Cleveland Browns they are going to have to do the obvious, stop Nick Chubb. Atlanta’s only path to victory in this game is loading the defensive front and finding a way to do what superior defenses have been unable to.
It is hardly encouraging that in week three the Falcons allowed Rashaad Penny to average over four yards a carry and consistently gash their defense early. The Seahawks had zero problems running the ball against Atlanta in the first half using their run success to allow an average quarterback in Geno Smith to start picking apart the secondary.
Atlanta’s approach and execution have to drastically shift against a running back that is more than capable of deciding this game single handly. His ability to shake tacklers is elite and gives him a legitimate argument as the best running back in this league.
Chubb is averaging 5.5-yards per carry this season and has 341-rushing yards already on the season. This is while sharing carries with Hunt and happened in two games that forced quarterback Jacoby Brissett to throw the ball more often than the Browns would have liked.
For Atlanta to win this game the formula is simple and daunting, find a way to stop Chubb and force Brissett to make throws to win the game. Throughout his career, Jacoby has been a great backup but remains a backup due to his limited upside as a passer.
Mariota is the better quarterback and the Atlanta Falcons have the better playmakers at receiver and tight end. The Browns would have an argument as the better defense if they hadn’t of completely melted down losing to the Joe Flacco-led Jets in week two. Atlanta is going to have a chance to win this game, they must do the obvious and impossible stopping Nick Chubb.