New England Patriots: Staff Predictions Week Four vs Atlanta Falcons

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Sep 22, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of a game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Three games: three wins.  The New England Patriots continue to win in 2013, but now comes a real test: the NFC powerhouse Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome. Last week the Patriots defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a slow start in the first quarter. Quarterback Tom Brady finally appeared to click with his young wide receivers on offense while the defense shut down yet another young quarterback. While the team seemed cohesive for the first time, the opposition was hardly top-notch.

 

Traveling to Atlanta is a tough road for any team, and the dinged-up Patriots may be without right tackle Sebastian Vollmer and their trio of top receiving targets: tight end Rob Gronkowski, wide receiver Danny Amendola, and running back Shane Vereen (on injured reserve with a designation to return). In their place, the young receivers such as Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson, and young veteran slot receiver Julian Edelman have been thrown into a tough situation with a silver lining: the experience gained will be a huge advantage come December.

 

Atlanta lost to Miami last week, but remain a tough matchup, especially at home. So what does week four of the 2013 NFL season against the Atlanta Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan, tight end Tony Gonzalez, and wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White hold for the New England Patriots? The MusketFire.com staff has their analysis and predictions for the matchup right here!

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