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Biggest Threats: Atlanta Falcons

Last year many of us were surprised in the drastic turn around of the , despite losing one the of the leagues most explosive players to personal issues. With the emergence of and a young team that bolsters a talented and , they'll steal the spotlight for this installment of Biggest Threats.

Key Additions:

TE Tony Gonzalez

C Brett Romberg

LB Mike Peterson

OLB Jamie Winborn

Key Offseason Subtractions:

DT Grady Jackson

DT Rod Coleman

OLB Michael Boley


SS Lawyer Milloy

Key Draft Picks:

DT Peria Jerry, Mississippi- Jerry brings a strong presence to a that is slightly depleted. His aggressive play style and game technique will be key to the Falcons defensive unit.

S William Moore, Missouri- A rangy who was considered a top prospect until plagued his senior year. He will be given a great opportunity to become something in the Falcons defense. Sleeper Alert!

Projected Top Performers

(courtesy 2009 Projections)

Michael Turner- 358 rush 1574 yards 14 TD

Roddy White- 91 rec 1337 yards 8 TD

Tony Gonzalez- 76 rec 901 yards 7 TD

Matt Ryan- 290 comp 467 attempts 3684 yards 25 TD 14 Int

The Falcons are a team that are fast consistent and two-headed. Their offense brings the Cowboys face to face with a team that can run the ball effectively and pass the ball intelligently. With the addition of Gonzalez, a large target is now there if all else fails for Ryan and it gives the Cowboys something else to focus on. Defensively you see a young unit that can produce turnovers. They are fast, smart, and execute well. This post Vick era has the Falcons on a tear and it'll carry them to the head of their division.

On the other side, the Cowboys offense will face a challenge throwing the ball, since their will be matched stride for stride by the Falcon's Db's. However, their gameplan should be to produce an unstoppable running attack laced with play-action. Since Atlanta has a depleted interior defense, the speed of Felix and Bruising of Barber should produce a legitimate shot at winning this game. Defensively, our linebackers will face a challenge but expect many to come of, what I expect, to be an aggressive attack, if they can stop the run, they will make this game a one sided battle.

Matchup of the Game:

and Keith Brooking Vs. Michael Turner

What IF sports prediction:

(10 simulated games)

Avg Score: DAL 24 ATL 16

DAL Win PCT: 80%

My Season Prediction

The Cowboys are prepared for battle defensively and brush out a lopsided one

ATL 13 – DAL 28

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Bo Martin
Bo Martin
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