The Atlanta Falcons are super hot, winning three straight games. The offense is clicking on all levels. This is the offense the Falcon fans are used to. Converting on third downs and scoring on every possession whether its three or a touchdown. This week the Falcons look to carry their winning momentum to Cleveland as they face the Cleveland Browns. This is the definition of a trap game. Cleveland is not a good team at all, and they rank near the bottom of every major defensive category this season. They are giving up 27 points a game which is 28th in the league, and they are giving up over 400 yards of offense coming into this game. So its imperative that the Falcons offense have the jump on the Cleveland Browns early and often in this game. Julio Jones had his first touchdown this season and Matt Ryan will throw him another this week.
Ryan is playing lights out right now. He’s so locked in and looks comfortable in this offense. He has been money on third down this season, converting 46.7% on third down, placing him first in the league, and now the offense gets another juicy matchup this week versus the Browns defense. The Browns are letting teams convert on third down 50% of the time in the past three games, and they give up so many big plays its laughable. Look out for the explosive plays this week. The Falcons offense had 5 plays over 20+ yards last week versus the Washington Redskins. Big plays are so important in the National Football League they allow your team to gain momentum and that’s huge. Ryan has been spreading the ball around so well this season, and that’s so key because defenses can’t just key in on one guy.
Austin Hooper has been so improved, probably the most improved player on the offense this season. Look for Hooper to be a huge part of the game plan this Sunday. Cleveland linebackers are not great in coverage so Hooper should have an advantage Sunday. Hooper is so in sync with Ryan, and all that work the two of them put in the last offseason has really helped. Having his best year as a pro, Hooper has really grown a ton this season. Making key catches and just being available when Ryan is in trouble on third down. Hooper has to stop trying to hurdle defenders because he risks injury. In 2017, Hooper had 49 receptions in 16 games, he has 36 receptions in 8 games already this season. That gives you an idea of how locked in he and Ryan are this season. Hooper should shatter that 49 reception total from a year ago, and this is what the Falcons hoped for when they let go Levine Toilolo this offseason