Not only do the Patriots have a short week to prepare for their matchup with the Atlanta Falcons, they don’t have a ton of prior experience to lean on. Since they last played in 2017, Atlanta has undergone a coaching change and a nearly complete roster overhaul.
“This is a team we don’t know very much about,” Bill Belichick said after Sunday’s game when asked about the limited time to prepare. “Coach [Arthur] Smith has gone down there and really gotten things going…We’ve got a long way to go on the Falcons and what they do.”
As Matthew Judon pointed out on Tuesday, with limited time to prepare teams tend to stick to their “bread and butter” for Thursday night games. That means if the Patriots can shut down what the Falcons do best, they’ll be in good shape.
So, who are the best players on the new-look Falcons? Let’s take a look in this week’s key matchups…
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