The Atlanta Falcons are in the middle of their preparations to travel to Cincinnati to take on the defending AFC champion Bengals. In a normal year, it would be scary to see the Falcons take on a team that just made the Super Bowl back in February but this has been far from a normal year.
The Falcons have been able to hang with every team they have played this season and there is no reason to think that will change against the Bengals who have struggled for much of the season.
In fact, Atlanta has one clear advantage over Cincinnati they should be able to expose all game, much like they have against every one of their opponents.
The Atlanta Falcons’ run game should have its way with the Bengals’ defense
The Atlanta Falcons have rushed for over 150 yards in five of the six games they have played this year, including last week when they ran for 168 yards against a 49ers defense that has allowed the fewest yards per carry in the NFL.
If you can do it against the best, then there is no reason to think you can’t do it against anyone, especially a team that is in the bottom ten in the league in that same category.
The Bengals’ defense has given up 383 rushing yards over the past two weeks (155 against the Ravens in week five and 228 against the Saints in week six). Meanwhile, the Falcons are third in the league in rushing yards per game, behind only the Browns and Bears.
There is no reason to think that anything different will happen on Sunday, Bengals can’t stop the run while no one has been able to stop the Falcons’ ground game.
It will need to be the formula once again for the Atlanta Falcons to win, so hopefully, they will be able to control the game as they did against San Francisco and be able to sneak out of Cincinnati with a winning record.