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Rise Up: Super Bowl 51 - Preview 2

Rise Up: Super Bowl 51 - Preview 2

I’d like to ask you a question…what do Falcons do?

WHAT DO FALCONS DO?

The answer is simple; we rise up. On Sunday we will have the opportunity to rise once more as we play the new england patriots (yes, I’m still petty and there are still no caps) in Super Bowl 51. I’ve already written about how my Falcons will dominate the field offensively, but we all know that in order to win any game, but especially this one, you have to dominate both sides of the ball. Before we jump into the meat of everything let’s go ahead and get the obvious out of the way.

I’ll start by saying although I am not a patriots fan; I do have great respect for Bill Belichick as a coach. I know that over the past two weeks he has been formulating a plan to stop our offense from scoring points. At the same time, we have been doing the same thing. Figuring out the best way to stop Brady and the patriots offense. Another very obvious fact, the patriots have seen our defense before, in a Super Bowl game against Seattle, and they won, BARELY, but they did. That fact alone should probably have Falcons fans weary about Sunday, but not this one. So how exactly will this young Falcons defense stop Brady and the patriots and win the game? Let’s discuss.

First of all, despite what the stats say, we are not a pushover defense. Yes the numbers show that we tend to give up a lot of points in the fourth quarter, but if you look closely most of those games had the Falcons with a significant lead and the opponent trying to catch up, so the defense wasn’t playing as hard as they normally would. Don’t get me wrong that’s not an excuse, just stating a fact. Defense has been a struggle, for lack of a better word, for the Falcons all season. Our defense is young, really young, and our strongest player, CB Desmond Trufant, has been out since sustaining a pectoral injury in Week 9.We also lost DE Adrian Clayborn with a bicep injury after defeating the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional game. Even though we’re young, we’re hungry and our defense has definitely been getting tougher and quicker.

I can tell you now that Brady probably won’t be out there throwing many deep passes. I’m sure he and Belichick have a plan to get the ball out of his hands quickly to avoid Beasley the pass rush. If you are unaware Beasley leads the league with 15.5 sacks this season. He will have to find a way to get through the patriots o-line, which some describe as elite or whatever (rolls eyes), and get to Brady. This means that the ball is most likely going to stay on the ground. Now our defense did not have the best success stopping the ground game early on in the season but some improvements have definitely been made. I’m expecting to see Jalen Collins, Deion Jones, De’Vondre Cambpell, and Keanu Neal continue to play like grown ass men on Sunday. They are fast, and that is definitely something that will play to the Falcons advantage.

While the patriots don’t have as many offensive weapons as the Falcons, but the few they do have will find a way to score. Finding a way to stop them will be key to winning this. We know that when Blount is on the field the ball will be run, when you have Lewis or Edelmen on the field look for it to be a pass play, but the patriots have this one guy Dion Lewis who can do it all, and that is who the Falcons will have to pay very close attention to. At the end of the day the Falcons defense needs to do everything in its power to keep Brady off the field. That is how we win this game.

My final prediction and a few thoughts about this football season and what this game means to my city and me as a Falcons fan is up next. 1 more sleep until Super Bowl Sunday!!!! RISE UP!!!!

Super Bowl 51: When the Patriots are on Defense

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