Baltimore Ravens vs Atlanta Falcons: Scouting the Enemy

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Oct 12, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) catches a pass during warmups before their game against the Chicago Bears at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Passing Game (Key Players: Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Devin Hester, Harry Douglas, Levine Toilolo)

On paper, the Falcons have one of the most dangerous groups of receivers in the league. Julio Jones is among the most dynamic players at any position in the entire NFL, Roddy White is an established Pro Bowler, and Devin Hester and Harry Douglas provide great depth.

Statistically, they have lived up to their potential, with Julio Jones especially standing out. Jones is third in the league in yards and second in receptions, having dominated opponents.

Of course, a big reason for any Falcons receiver’s success is Matt Ryan, who has put up prolific numbers this year. He absolutely can shred a mediocre secondary (cough, cough, Ravens), but he is also turnover prone and inconsistent.

The offensive line has by and large kept Ryan clean, as he has only been sacked six times. That said, rookie tackle Jake Matthews has struggled. He has played through injury the last two games and has struggled badly through them. If the Falcons continue to play him, expect the Ravens to attack him aggressively.

All in all, expect the Falcons to pass the ball effectively against the Ravens. Baltimore cannot shut down the Falcons’ passing game, but with a good performance, the Ravens can at least slow them down.