Bengals vs Falcons :As hard as it is to swallow the Falcons facing their first 1-2 start since 2013, what has been even harder for all Falcons fans to face is the injury bug that has plagued the roster already. Entering week four of the season, the Dirty Birds have already become aware that they will have to move on with starting safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen. On top of that, they’re hoping that they can get Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones back sometime in the last quarter of the season.
However, the stinging loss to the Saints is behind the team now, and Dan Quinn said it best in his early-week press conference.Bengals vs Falcons
Up next, the Cincinnati Bengals come to town, a foe that Atlanta hasn’t met since 2014, when Mohamed Sanu was still catching passing from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. The Falcons need this win to stay on track for a hopeful third consecutive playoff appearance. To do so, they are going to need to rely on big games from key players on both sides of the ball.Here are three Falcons players to watch in their week four contest against the Bengals.
How good was Ryan last week? Sensational; Ryan completed 26 of 35 passes for five touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns went to 2018 first-round pick Calvin Ridley, who torched the Saints secondary for 146 yards on seven receptions. Ironically, Ridley’s one-game performance matched the 2017 touchdown total of teammate Julio Jones, who is still struggling to connect with Ryan in the redzone.
The Falcons defense was bailed out by Ryan in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers. As of now, the losses to linebacker Deion Jones, and safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen are proving too dire. Despite the Panthers’ loss, running back Christian McCaffrey shredded this unit two weeks ago, and the unholy trio of Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas had their way with the remnants last week.
In addition to Atlanta’s defense being banged up, the offense will once again be without running back Devonta Freeman, who is missing his third straight game with a knee injury.