Falcons at Vikings: Preview and Prediction

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Falcons at Vikings

Where: U.S Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

When: Sunday, 1:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Television: Fox

Line: Falcons +4

It’s the best time of the year. The NFL is back, as the Falcons look to bounce back from a 2018 season that was plagued by injuries and resulted in a highly disappointing 7-9 campaign. However, it won’t be easy for them coming out of the gate. They start the year with a difficult road matchup against a hungry Minnesota Vikings squad before heading home for a primetime matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. As we all know, you don’t want to start off the season 0-2. Your odds of making the playoffs take a nosedive if that is the case, so it’s imperative that Dan Quinn has his men ready from the start.

The Vikings will present loads of challenges on both sides of the ball. Their defensive line features a couple of Pro-Bowl talents, immediately testing the Falcons revamped offensive line. We don’t know exactly who will be starting at left guard or right tackle as of today; we do know, however, Atlanta has a couple of reliable options they can turn to. If I had to guess, James Carpenter will get the nod at left guard, and Kaleb McGary will start at tackle. Although, I think we see some of Matt Gono as well because I’m not quite sure McGary’s conditioning is prepared to play a full load of snaps.

The Falcons youthful but talented secondary will also be put to the test against Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen – one of the best receiving tandems in the NFL. Isaiah Oliver will be under the microscope, as his performance will likely determine just how good Atlanta’s defense can be.

3 Keys to the Game


I like this game to be more low scoring than people expect. Offenses generally take a little more time to gel than defenses, and I like both of these defensive units coming into the season. Atlanta’s pass rush should be much better than it has been in the past, and the Vikings won’t be able to gash the Falcons on the ground. It will be up to Kirk Cousins to make a lot of plays for Minnesota to put up many points, and he’s showed time-and-time again he isn’t able to do that under pressure.

On the other side, I do believe the Vikings defensive front will cause loads of problems for Atlanta’s offensive line. Don’t panic Falcons fans; it is going to take time for the offensive line to come together. This is going to be a monumental task for two players who have yet to start an NFL game, but if Matt Ryan is given any time, he is going to make magic happen with these weapons around him. While I think the Vikings will rack up a few sacks, Ryan will make the most of his opportunities, scoring three touchdowns, and that will be the difference.

Falcons 21, Vikings, 17

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