August 2, 2014

Pre-Game Intel – Falcons vs. Browns

When and Where: Sunday October 10th, 2010 – 1:00 PM – Cleveland Browns’ Stadium (It is 10-10-10… Keanu says “WHOA!”)

Overview: Matt Ryan and the Falcons were stifled in week one by the Pittsburgh Steelers in an ugly 15-9 loss.  Since, they have run off three straight with the highlight coming against the Saints in a thrilling overtime victory 27-24.  Most recently, they rattled off 16 unanswered points after going down 14-0 to the 49ers in Atlanta.

It wasn’t pretty, but the bottom line is that Atlanta is coming in with a three game winning streak.  They might not have impressed anyone outside of their own locker room defeating Frisco, but you have to give these Falcons credit.  They faced adversity going down 14-0 in the first quarter and they responded.  Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, and the surprisingly good Atlanta defense come into Browns-town with some confidence.

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The Browns Will Win If…

I wrote once upon a time that I would consider it progress if the Browns had the same record as last year, but looked competitive. To that end, I consider this team improved. Not only have they earned their first win a week quicker, but their three losses have been by a total of 12 points, compared to last season where their first three losses were a combined 66 points. This week they take on the Dirty Birds from the A-T-L. Ahh ha / hush dat fuss / everybody move to the back of the bus.

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The Browns have another winnable game, but this one will not be easy. The Falcons have a solid offense, and are fifth in the league in total yards, 10th in passing yards, fourth in rushing yards, and ninth in points. In other words, the Browns need to sack up on defense. Both teams are middle-of-the-road on defense, as the Falcons are 16th-best (Browns 22nd) in yards-allowed. Atlanta is more vulnerable to the pass than to the run, yet they still are very good in scoring defense with just 15.0 ppg allowed. Without further ado…

The Browns Will Win If…