TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 15, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Georgia Dome
Line: Atlanta (-7.5)
The Atlanta Falcons lost a tough game to the New Orleans Saints in week one. Matt Ryan completed 25-38 passes for 304 yards and two scores against a usually-poor Saints defense. Ryan will look to do the same against a defense that gave up 327 passing yards to Carson Palmer in week one. Steven Jackson had 11 rushes for 77 yards in his first game as a member of the Falcons and would love to show off in front of his former team in week two. Harry Douglas was surprisingly the top receiver against the Saints with four catches for 93 yards with Julio Jones at No. 2 with 7 catches for 76 yards and a score.
On the other side of the field, the St. Louis Rams are 1-0 and coming off a close win against the Arizona Cardinals. Sam Bradford had a great game at quarterback, passing for 299 yards and two touchdowns. He will look to do what Drew Brees did against the Falcons’ secondary. Running back Daryl Richardson‘s first game as the team’s starter had mixed results as he rushed for 63 yards on 20 carries, but will have a tough time against the tough Falcons run defense. Tight end Jared Cook had the best game of all, catching seven passes for 141 yards and two scores.
Defensively, the Falcons had a tough time containing Brees and the strong passing attack, but shut down the run game, not allowing any rusher to gain more than 50 yards. They should hold the Rams run game to the same mark with an unproven Richardson at running back. St. Louis also had a tough time stopping the pass while holding Rashard Mendenhall to just 60 yards. They won’t have the same luck facing the veteran Jackson, however.
PREDICTION: Rams 21, Falcons 31