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Falcons Flying High into Cleveland

Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver Julio Jones running after a catch against the New Orleans Saints

It’s been an injury-plagued rocky road for the Falcons and a typical Cleveland state of emergency terminating their head coach Hugh Jackson at mid-season. It appeared they were heading in the right direction drafting Baker Mayfield as the #1 overall pick. He seized an opportunity to become the starting quarterback by shining like the North Star in a primetime matchup against the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football. He led the team to victory 21-17 digging them out from a two-touchdown hole when Tyrod Taylor went down to injury. The entire fans base came alive even Bud Light unlocked their cags in celebration for the Browns ending their 19 games losing streak dating back an entire season.

Meanwhile, the Falcons QB Matt Ryan is having an MVP Caliber season connecting on 213/301 pass attempts, producing 2685 yards scoring 19 touchdowns while throwing on 3 interceptions. He is flying a bit under the weather due to their disappointing record 4-4.

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Atlanta Falcons lost in overtime to the New Orleans Saints 43-37 Photo By: Greg Collier

The Falcons look great on paper featuring a dynamic offense. Unfortunately, the injury bug has wiped out several of their key defensive players. DT Grady Jarrett is back on the field, and Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones has returned to practice. Perhaps critical was their decision to sign Former Oakland Raiders and Seattle Linebacker Bruce Irvin this week who reunites with his old defensive coordinator head coach Dan Quinn that history between the two will surely get him on the field sooner as opposed to later.

Atlanta (4-4) is currently riding a three-game win streak and look to continue in Cleveland (2-6-1).

Atlanta, a five-point favorite in Cleveland in Week 10, should be able to win and cover on Sunday says Sascha Paruk from SportsBettingDime. The Cleveland offense has only cracked 23 points once this season and that was all the way back in Week 4. Rookie QB Baker Mayfield has been up and down, and the team doesn’t have the supporting cast on offense to make up for his down stretches. Meanwhile, Atlanta has only been held under 23 points twice, and the defense, which was torched early in the year, has held its last two opponents to a combined 34 points. Cleveland’s own defense is regressing, giving up 33.5 PPG in its last four. Granted, they played some of the best offenses in the NFL in that stretch, but Atlanta boasts a similarly potent attack.

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