Arnold Ebiketie – EDGE
Arnold Ebiketie being an X-Factor for the Atlanta Falcons goes hand-in-hand with A.J. Terrell and Darren Hall being X-Factors.
The defense needs to have a good balance between good coverage and a good pass rush, and the pass rush part will likely fall on the shoulders of Ebiketie for the most part, at least him and Grady Jarrett from the inside.
The Bengals are also not exactly known for having the stoutest offensive line, so there is room to take advantage of that. Their left tackle, Jonah Williams, has already allowed five sacks this season while their right tackle La’el Collins has allowed two.
Dean Pees should line Ebiketie, the Falcons’ best and most talented outside pass rusher, right over Jonah Williams and watch him feast on Joe Burrow. Getting pressure on Burrow will help to neutralize their passing attack which can be so deadly.
It has been quite a while since we have had confidence in any Atlanta Falcons edge rusher but here we are after the rookie had a dominant game against the 49ers, now it is time for him to put together a streak of dominant games by living in the Bengals backfield.