Here we go again. Division rivalry game. Here's the FRN rival site this week:Panthers Fanz.com
and their forum
Vick is undefeated in 5 games vs. Carolina, two of which have gone into OT, and this time we won't have Kevin Mathis for late game heroics against Muhsin Muhammad.
But we get some rest, some extra days to prepare for the Panties. But they've often looked lost against us before.
Some things I think to look out for next week:
1) D-lo matching up with Steve Smith. Few defenses have found an answer for him this year. The Bears bottled him up last week, but only if you consider bottling him up keeping him out the endzone. He caught 14 passes for 169 yards. He's had 100-yard games in all but 3 games this year, and I don't think our secondary has what it takes to prevent him from having another one. Oddly enough, he's never scored a TD against us in his career, but if that streak is goign to be broken soon, next week is probably as good a time as any.
2) Julius Peppers, the only man in the world more athletic than MIchael Vick, will have a strong game vs. Weiner, he usually does. Shaffer has had good outings vs. Rucker in the past, so I'm not too worried about that. Peppers has been considered to be in a funk this year, but all of his 5.5 sacks have come in the past 5 weeks, so he's relatively hot, and I don't think he'll cool down next week.
3) One or maybe both, but Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster will have good days next week. The Falcons have not bottled up Sam Gado, Corey Dillon, Mewelde Moore, Kevin Jones, Cadillac Williams, Ronnie Brown, etc. this year. Those two won't be any different.
4) A Falcons win. Despite the fact that the Panthers will probably have pretty good days running and throwing the ball, and they have a front 4 that can contain and limit Vick, the Falcons will manage to win. Because as it always seems vs. Carolina since Vick's comeback in 2003, the game is close, but the Falcons just make that one play that wins them the football game.