Devonta Freeman rushes for 125+ yards and a score
Freeman only managed to rush for 12 yards on 12 carries against the 49ers’ defense in the Falcons’ disappointing 17-16 loss. It has been two games since Freeman has eclipsed the 100 yard mark and three games since he has reached the endzone. Expect that to change this Sunday against a very vulnerable Colts rush defense. The Colts defense is allowing 101.2 yards rushing per game which ranks 22nd in the league. Freeman and this offensive line have had an extra week to work out the kinks in the run game. They will get back on track and Freeman will have a big game on Sunday.
Atlanta will win the turnover battle
The Falcons started off the season killing the turnover battle. However, due to numerous boneheaded mistakes over the last four weeks, Atlanta has drifted back to a turnover ratio of zero for the entire season. Andrew Luck has struggled all season with turnovers, but he will not be getting the start on Sunday. Matt Hassleback will be starting for the Colts and he has done quite well in the two games he has started this year. He has yet to turn the ball over, but Atlanta should have numerous opportunities to change that at home. If the Falcons can generate a pass rush against a poor Colts offensive line, Hassleback will make mistakes. Coming off a bye, Atlanta should play a clean game and win the turnover battle.
Justin Hardy scores his first NFL touchdown
Hardy was taken in the fourth round by the Falcons with the 107th overall pick. He impressed when finally given his first opportunity in the NFL two weeks ago against Tampa Bay because of injuries to Nick Williams and Leanord Hankerson. In both of his appearances, he out-targeted Roddy White, and it was clear Matt Ryan started to develop a little chemistry with Hardy. He even went to Hardy on a critical 3rd and Goal late in the fourth quarter against the 49ers. Leanord Hankerson looks to be a game-time decision on Sunday, but whether he plays or not, look for Hardy to continue to be involved in the offense and perhaps reach the endzone for the first time in his career.