Bold Predictions: Falcons vs. Titans

Devonta Freeman runs for 125 yards and 2 TDs

The Atlanta Falcons’ offensive line went from being one of the worst run blocking units in the NFL to one of the best seemingly overnight. A lot of that can be credited to Kyle Shanahan and the newly implemented zone blocking scheme. However, Devonta Freeman is no fluke. He is on record setting pace since becoming Atlanta’s starting running back in week 3, and these type of performances are not going to stop on Sunday against a lowly Titans rush defense. After suffering a tough loss to the division rival Saints on Thursday night, Head Coach Dan Quinn will have his guys playing with an edge and getting back to what they do best, running the football. Freeman is in for another big game against Tennessee.

Atlanta defense bounces back by forcing at least 2 turnovers

The Falcons defense has been much improved, but they have shown glimpses in nearly every game of very poor play. Last week, Drew Brees and company picked the Atlanta defense apart with the quick and intermediate passing game. The Titans will try to do the same thing without rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota under center. However, the Falcons should be prepared for it. Before Thursday night, the Falcons’ defense had great success turning over quarterbacks. Dan Quinn should have an aggressive  game plan prepared to force an inexperienced quarterback to make difficult decisions under pressure.

Julio Jones catches a touchdown for the first time since week 3

Jones got off to a blistering start the first three weeks of the season, but has since been pretty quiet. Part of this is due to a hamstring injury that has been bothering him, but Jones looked a lot more like himself on Thursday versus the Saints. He caught 6 balls for 93 yards, and most importantly, the hamstring did not seem to bother him. He is listed as probable against the Titans, meaning the injury is clearly better than it was last week. The 10 days off between games should give Jones enough time to rest and prepare for the huge game he is going to have against the Titans.

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