In the running game, the Eagles will continue to rely on Darren Sproles. Through nine games, Ryan has completed 69.6% of his passes this season for 2,980 yards and 23 touchdowns with just four interceptions. "Now we've just got to play".
The Falcons have some bona fide weapons. Although the Eagles defense is stingy, Atlanta has the offensive firepower to exploit a secondary that has given up seven touchdowns in their last two games.
The Falcons (6-3) lead the NFC South heading into the contest against the Eagles (4-4). There is no doubt that the Jim Schwartz and the Eagles defense will have their hands full in this one. Devonta Freeman led the Falcons ground attack with 77 yards on 17 carries as part of the Falcon's 136 team rushing yards on 34 carries. Obviously, this year, he's had a heck of a season so far. It will help him that Bennie Logan returns after a three-game absence.
Two words: Vic Beasley. The Falcons' 2015 first-round pick, has 71/2 sacks as a rush linebacker.
"It's a long season and they're not used to playing but right now we've played 13 games and I don't see it in their eyes", Smith said. More than anything, Quinn's first season seemed relatively successful because of his insistence that the team was going to be more fast and physical, and the fact that they actually drafted a promising pass rusher in the top ten. And Dwight Freeney, who's 36, is still making an impact with 3.0 sacks.
Second year running back Tevin Coleman may be the best back-up running back in the league.
Four rookies are expected to start on defense when Atlanta plays at Philadelphia on Sunday.
The Atlanta Falcons have had 10 days off since an impressive win over Tampa Bay and are certainly one of the surprise teams in the National Football League this year at 6-3 with a game and a half lead over New Orleans and 2 ½ games over Carolina. "You talk about Matt Ryan, we talk about Julio Jones, but they run the ball very well".
While another breakout performance similar to that is unexpected, even for Jones, the Falcons offense should be able to score against Philadelphia. They need to make sure he doesn't crush them and try and make another Falcons receiver make a play. The starting cornerbacks will be Robert Alford and Jalen Collins, a pair of past second-round picks. He's also made a name for himself as a hitter, forcing three fumbles. The thin line between stunning victory and slumping loss leaves Philadelphia at the bottom of the NFC East at 4-4 instead of battling for the division lead. They're rookies, and therefore can be beaten, but they are clearly talented and have the SEC pedigree that tends to translate so well to the NFL. "The next thing you know, we got a third one". Overall, it's a solid and proven core group of specialists.
Schwartz and Jenkins agree that offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan makes good use of the weapons he has.
"There are many coaches out there that wouldn't do that", Dimitroff said.