NFL Preview: Atlanta Falcons (0-5) @ Minnesota Vikings (1-4)
-- by Kyle King
There’s not much to like about the Falcons right now what with the firings of head coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff earlier this week after an 0-5 showing to start the season.
However, we’ve yet to see how interim head coach Raheem Morris will handle the job. Morris, formerly the Falcons’ defensive coordinator, has been waiting for this opportunity. He now has a chance to secure the Falcons’ first win versus a Minnesota team whose only win through five weeks has been over the Texans, who are also winless.
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan has been decent at best over the last few weeks but even with Julio Jones out last week, you’d like to see stronger numbers than 226 yards with zero touchdowns and an interception. Ryan’s completion percentage has only topped 70 percent once this season and his last TD was back on September 27th.
As the Viking’s QB, Kirk Cousins has also been mediocre, playing without a single game over 260 yards. This game should come down to defense, which, lucky for the Falcons, is their new head coach’s specialty. While it is quite possible that Raheem Morris can pull a win out of the playbook, it’s much more likely that Minnesota takes this one.
While neither team has had an easy schedule to start the season, Minnesota has at least put up a fight against their worthiest opponents, the Packers, Titans, and Seahawks. Atlanta has only put up 32 points in their last two games, and none of
those belonged to Matt Ryan. But if it’s up to the defense, the Falcons are going to need more than the two interceptions and seven sacks the team has recorded so far this year.
Look for the Vikings’ stronger defensive front to pressure Matt Ryan into making the same questionable decisions he’s been making all season en route to a Minnesota victory.
Take the Vikings minus the points.