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Scouting the Atlanta Falcons with The Falcoholic

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We spoke with Davey Choate of The Falcoholic about the Atlanta Falcons and asked him for his scouting report on the team. Here's what he had to say:

Falcons on Offense

This is a team that will attack through the air, especially because potential starting running backs Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman will either be out or limited. Thankfully for us, that passing attack is p. good.

Matt Ryan's a capable quarterback, and with Julio Jones, he's got one of the scariest receivers in the league. I don't even like to make eye contact with Jets fans after the 2013 game, but you have to admit Jones lit y'all up. Add in a still-feisty Roddy White, speedy Leonard Hankerson and sure-handed rookie Justin Hardy, and Ryan's got plenty of weapons to work with. You can slow the offense down by taking away Jones, but this is still a dangerous assault.

The ground game is much more timid, with the Falcons also without speedy back Antone Smith. You'll see the likes of Terron Ward, Mike Ford, and maybe Evan Royster, so you won't need to expend much energy stopping that.

The best way to attack this offense is by blitzing the interior of the offensive line, where the team is relatively weak. Matt Ryan is more proficient at rolling out than he used to be, but apply pressure and drape Darrelle Revis (and maybe a safety) over Julio Jones and you make the unit much less dangerous.

Falcons on Defense

We're not exactly sure how the unit shapes up yet, but it's going to be fast and physical! And fired up!

Dan Quinn's new mantras aside, this did look like a more aggressive defense against the Titans. They're rushing the passer with rookie Vic Beasley, longtime defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, and behemoth second-year tackle Ra'Shede Hageman, with both Adrian Clayborn and Malliciah Goodman looking capable thus far at the other end spot. Paul Worrilow is a fast, deceptively dangerous pass rusher in his own right from the MLB spot, when the team uses him effectively. It's not a scary pass rush just yet, but if your line's weak you'll have to worry about them.

The front seven is fairly proficient at run stopping, and should be better if Brooks Reed is back in the lineup opposite former Cowboy Justin Durant. It's the most solid group the team's had in a long while.

The secondary is very good if Desmond Trufant and William Moore are healthy, but considerably less impressive if one or both miss time. Undrafted rookie Kevin White is a player to watch as his vies for a job, but your first team defense will have second-year conversion project Ricardo Allen at free safety, Moore or hard-hitting backup Kemal Ishmael at strong safety, and Robert Alford, former Jet Phillip Adams, and second round pick Jalen Collins mixing in at corner. Collins in particular was burned repeatedly a week ago by the Titans.

This has the makings of an average unit, but if you can avoid Trufant and establish a decent ground game, you're in business. The pass rush isn't fearsome enough to kill drives just yet, so protect Fitzmagic and you'll be able to get things moving. Of course, this is the Jets offense, right?

Falcons on Special Teams

Matt Bryant is one of the league's most reliable kickers, punter Matt Bosher enjoys tackling and jawing at Jets coaches, and Devin Hester remains one of the league's most effective returners. The team usually enjoys competent coverage units thanks to coach Keith Armstrong, and I'd expect that to continue this year.