Falcons Need To Take Flight

New York Jets fans went through plenty of ups and downs when Mark Sanchez came along a few years back, and it seems as though they’ll go through the same thing with their latest rookie quarterback. Geno Smith has the Jets sitting at 2-2, but there is plenty of concern regarding his turnovers – eight interceptions and three fumbles – and he was dreadful against Tennessee in the 38-13 loss to the Titans. Smith’s eight picks through four games is the fourth most since 1960, but he can take comfort from the fact Peyton Manning threw 11 interceptions in his first four starts in 1998 and finished with a league-worst 28 for the season.

To make Smith’s job that much harder against the struggling Falcons on Tuesday morning (AEST), he is more than likely to be without two of his best receivers. Santonio Holmes is almost certain to miss the clash with a hamstring injury, while Stephen Hill (concussion) could be out, too.

Atlanta doesn’t have too many issues on offence, apart from the fact it can’t score inside the red zone. The Falcons failed to score a TD on five of six possessions inside New England’s 20 in their 30-23 loss to the Pats last week. Matt Ryan went 34 of 54 for a career-high 421 yards with two TDs, but it wasn’t enough. With Stephen Jackson still out with a hamstring strain, Ryan will be going the aerial route on the vast majority of plays on Tuesday morning (AEST) with the Falcons’ running game almost non-existent.

These teams last met in 2009 with Atlanta winning 10-7 in New York. The Falcons have won five of the last six contests between these teams. 

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