The Falcons continue the preseason as they take a trip up to New York to take on the Jets. The Jets will be without their starting quarterback, Geno Smith, due to a broken jaw. This game will consist of players on the bubble fighting to make the roster. The starters probably will not be playing long, as starters usually play longer games in the third and fourth week of preseason.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. EST, August 21
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Radio: 92.9 The Game
The Backup QB Battle
This has been one of the main battles throughout the Falcons training camp. T.J. Yates is the player that many expected more of, but he has been subpar thus far. Sean Renfree is making his case to make the 53-man roster, but the Falcons might not be so comfortable with that idea either. There has been reported interest between Atlanta and Rex Grossman. Basically, all Falcons fans should hope Matt Ryan plays every single snap in the regular season because the backup situation is a scary thought.
How the Offensive Line Will Do Against an Incredible Jets D-Line
There is no sugarcoating this; the New York Jets defensive line is scary good. Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson are dominant forces that make a living off of hitting the quarterback. They also added the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Leonard Williams, that will be a beast for years to come. If the Falcons offensive line can keep their quarterback upright, they indeed will have had a successful night. Jon Asamoah still wants his starting position back, so look for him to have a solid night. Take a couple of plays and zero in on a certain offensive lineman. Atlanta wants to have a solid starting five offensive linemen set soon, and this game could be a make or break for certain players.
Can the Defense Keep Building From Last Week?
The Falcons starting defense played exceptionally well last week against the Tennessee Titans. Atlanta forced three turnovers and had a touchdown off of a striped sack. They will continue to build on that great performance against the Jets. New York’s starting quarterback will be out because of a broken jaw, which might not be a good thing for Atlanta. Facing better competition in the preseason will get them better prepared for the regular season. Look for Ricardo Allen to continue to show that he can hold down the free safety spot. Vic Beasley will surely get his reps, as the Falcons continue to build their trust in his pass-rushing abilities. Also, watch the secondary this game, as they face veterans such as Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Jalen Collins will be playing a lot of the game, and hopefully he can keep developing and getting better every week.