This week they are at home to host a struggling Bengals team that is desperate to get back in the win column after a bye week and a 2-3 record that wasn’t expected by the club as they kicked off 2010.
Matt Ryan and the Falcons will look to get back to the basics, as they were shut down by the Eagles, gaining a season-low 293 yards in their loss in Philly. Look for a steady dose of Michael Turner, and this could be the week Michael Jenkins finally get some chances to catch the ball after missing the early part of the year with injury.
Atlanta’s D is also coming off a poor outing, as they gave up a season-high 474 yards and allowing three touchdowns of more than 30 yards. They will look to lay the hammer on Carson Palmer and a Bengals offense that has had issues scoring points all season.
The Bengals are not very good on the road, losing six of seven dating to last season, the lone victory coming in Week 3 against winless Carolina.
They also are getting no pressure on the QB, as they have six sacks, tied for second fewest in the league, and need to find a way to get to Ryan who has won his last 11 regular season games at home.
The Falcons should have success throwing and running on the Bengals D, while Palmer is going to need to avoid the rush and try to keep Ryan and the Falcons off the field. That won’t be easy.
The Bengals are in a must win this week, as a 2-4 start in a tough AFC North and they can kiss a repeat good-bye. The Falcons are looking to rebound after a bad loss to the Eagles, and picking on a Bengals team that has had offensive issues all season is just the ticket. The physical style of the Falcons will send Cincy to their fourth loss in six games. Atlanta 30 Cincinnati 17