This Falcons/Rams preview (ajc – The Bird Cage) of what to expect tonight is pretty much in line with what I posted earlier this morning. I am linking to the article because it also includes some Fantasy Football value, and it talks about tailgating. I am ordering my Weber Q 220 this weekend – I cannot wait for the season to start!
1 – Defensive Improvement
It was the first preseason game and lets just chalk up to that for some of our defensive performances. We had some bright spots and some low points, but overall we did hold the Lions to 3 points and that’s the bottom line, although many fans were less than enthused about the first defensive outing. Will we see some more pressure and more of a defensive gelling?
2 – Backup QB Battle
Even though Matt Ryan will see more action in this game, the battle royale continues in earnest with hometown favorite DJ Shockley trying to unseat Chris Redman. Shockley may have more upside, but he has to prove he can handle backup duties on a more consistent basis and Redman needs to justify his large salary.
3 – Fight for Last WR Spots
Will Eric Weems continue his mad dash towards not only a roster spot, but serious playing time? Weems has impressed throughout camp and looks to lock up a spot with a couple more solid performances. That would leave either one or two spots for Robert Ferguson, Marty Booker, Troy Bergeron, Chandler Williams, and rookie Aaron Kelly.
The defense better gel in a hurry. The Falcons can always get another WR after final cuts, or maybe even in a trade, but for the defense it is game time.