The Atlanta Falcons are facing the toughest team remaining on their schedule this weekend when they play Kansas City. Can the Falcons slow down the Chiefs?
The Atlanta Falcons have a tough home game scheduled this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs who have been one of the hottest teams in football aside from a surprising loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs three weeks ago putting them at 6-1 in their last seven games.
They rely on a top defensive unit that is often under rated and is finally healthy. Linebacker Justin Houston and safety Eric Berry have both been playing at especially high levels on the defense ball hawking and making plays that ultimately are winning the games for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Houston’s return to dominance was especially evident last week in the Chief’s win over the division rival Denver Broncos. If the Falcons want to stay in the game Sunday they are going to have to keep track of Houston and minimize his disruption of the Falcon’s high flying offense.
Matt Ryan is leading the Falcons offense to the top of the league in scoring winning shootouts as well as winning a couple of blowout games this season including last weeks win against the Arizona Cardinals. The problem for the Falcons will be can they overcome a tough Chief’s defense and keep pace with the Alex Smith led Chief’s offense?
The Falcons strong finish against a stout Cardinals defense has made last weeks season predictions on pace though the Falcons defense kept the Cardinals out of the end-zone more than they were expected to.
With that in mind I will stick with the earlier prediction that the Chiefs pull this one out 21-17 with a late Matt Ryan pick sealing the deal for Kansas City. While a loss may put some questions in fans minds as to a collapse Julio Jones and Matt Ryan will not let it happen again. At worst the Falcons should finish 10-6 on the season which should give them a division win and allow them to host a playoff game in the wildcard round where their offense will always give them a chance. Sunday’s game kicks off at 1:00 on FOX.