New England Patriots: Staff Predictions Week Four vs Atlanta Falcons

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Cyrus Geller:

Sep 22, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) catches a pass as Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) defends in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Miami won 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

This game is tricky to pick, because the Falcons are an extremely talented squad, but they have struggled out of the gates, and find themselves at 1-2. The Patriots on the other hand, have looked pretty bad on the offensive end, but have managed to stay unbeaten through three games. The key to me, is the Patriots will be able to run the ball on a undersized Falcons defensive line, and this will open up the passing game for Brady, and the rookies (and hopefully Gronk). The Patriots defense will get their first real test of the year, and I have a feeling that they will show the NFL world that they are for real, and are a force to be reckoned with in the league.

 

Prediction: New England Patriots 26 – Atlanta Falcons 17

Jed Ober:

Like the Patriots, the Falcons have struggled early in the season. Unlike the Patriots, they have dropped two games already in 2013 (granted, they’ve lost to two undefeated teams in the Saints and Dolphins). Regardless of their records, both teams will be looking to prove naysayers wrong on Sunday with a win against a high profile opponent.

 

This game has the potential to be a turning point for the Patriots. The Falcons pass defense has struggled thus far in 2013 and if the Patriots offense can keep on their trajectory of improvement, this could be the breakout performance than and their fans have been waiting for.

 

The Patriots will be more effective passing the football, again, but capitalize on their red zone opportunities this week. The Falcons defense has struggled to prevent touchdowns when opponents get in the red zone, so look for the Patriots offense to click when it matters most and New England to go to 4-0.

 

Prediction: New England Patriots 31 – Atlanta Falcons 21

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