Jump to content

Falcons one of four road teams primed to get a Week 3 win


Recommended Posts

By Jason Feller | NFL.com

It takes a lot to win on the road in the NFL, but there are four teams that possess the ingredients necessary to pull off the difficult feat in Week 3.

The Falcons, Giants, Bengals and Dolphins all appear to be in position to claim road victories. The Falcons travel to New England to square off against the Patriots, the Giants face the Buccaneers, the Bengals are taking on the rival Steelers and the Dolphins will do battle vs. the host Chargers. Each matchup provides a unique opportunity for the visiting team to get a win.

Game: Atlanta at New England (1 p.m. ET)

Venue: Gillette Stadium

Last time at site: Jamal Anderson introduced the fans in New England to the Dirty Bird dance he popularized during Atlanta's run to Super Bowl XXXIII. He rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' 41-10 blowout victory on Nov. 8, 1998.

Reason for road optimism: The Falcons have yet to go on the road this year, but they have jumped out to a 2-0 start after two impressive home wins. While traveling to Foxborough would normally be seen as a difficult assignment, Atlanta may be getting New England at the right time. Rain is in the forecast, which could be difficult for a dome team like the Falcons, but at least they will not have to deal with the frigid and snowy conditions that typically accompany visits to Gillette Stadium later in the year. Also, despite not having played the Patriots since 2005, the Falcons will be familiar with their opponent -- Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff came from New England in 2008.

The Patriots have lost some of their invincibility at home. They barely beat the Bills in Week 1 at home and they have actually performed better on the road over the last three seasons (21-3) than they have at home (18-6). While that home record is still outstanding, there appears to be warning signs that New England has yet to find its stride. After squeaking past Buffalo, the Patriots went into New York and lost for the first time since 2000. Tom Brady is still working his way back from a knee injury and the offense has looked out of sync.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...