It is hard enough for an NFL defense to contain a team that has a world-class talent at wide receiver, with a quarterback capable of throwing the ball anywhere he desires.
But it is a whole different ball game when a team has two of these deep-threats.
The Atlanta Falcons possess a duo of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL from a speed and size standpoint in Roddy White and Julio Jones.
And the Philadelphia Eagles are lucky enough to be matched up against these beasts on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field.
Not only that, but the Falcons also have a franchise quarterback in Matt Ryan who has proven to be the early first-round talent that they hoped he would be. Ryan has especially shined this year in 2012 as he holds the fourth-best passer rating in the NFL (98.8).
White and Jones will not be up against any cupcake-cornerbacks when they take the field on Sunday, as Eagles’ CB Nnamdi Asomugha and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be joyfully waiting for a physical match-up.
But when it comes to double-teams and the decision of who to primarily focus on at the opposing wide-out position, the Eagles will be left scratching their heads. You literally can not choose between White and Jones, because leaving one of them undefended or under-defended will prove to be very costly.
White is the seasoned veteran who has proven to be an all-star, tallying over 1,150 receiving yards in each of his last 5 seasons, while being selected to 4 consecutive Pro-Bowls.
Jones is the young pup who has battled injury over his first two NFL seasons, but has proven to be a lethal deep-ball threat in the time he has spent on the field.
In his rookie season last year, Jones totaled 959 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns on just 54 catches, while only playing in 13 games.
The most impressive statistic is that Jones caught his first NFL touchdown pass in Week 9 of 2011, and then finished the year with 8 touchdown catches. He also missed the entirety of the Week 11 match-up, meaning he hauled in 8 touchdowns in his final 8 games during his rookie year. Incredible.
So if the Eagles decide to try and hold down one wide-out on Sunday, the other receiver will have an absolute field day against them.
It’s your choice Eagles’ secondary. Let White and Jones each have a productive, but modest game. Or turn all of your attention towards one, and see nothing but the back of the other’s jersey all game long.
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