Three key matchups
Falcons CB Dunta Robinson vs. Eagles WR DeSean Jackson: Robinson has been strong in run support, but receivers have gotten open deep. Last week, Joshua Cribbs was open deep, but Jake Delhomme overthrew him. Jackson has just five catches for 43 yards over the last two games. However, he had 135 and 153 yards receiving in each game that Michael Vick started at quarterback. “I’m just not really having the opportunity to make these huge plays like I’ve been doing,” Jackson said.
Falcons MLB Curtis Lofton vs. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy: The Eagles rank first in the NFL in yards per carry with 5.3, thanks in part to Vick’s scrambles. McCoy has five rushing touchdowns, which is second in the league. The Eagles average 130.4 rushing yards per game. Lofton and the Falcons are swarming to the ball on defense and held Cleveland to 40 yards rushing last week.
Falcons LT Sam Baker vs. Eagles DE Trent Cole: Baker appears to have settled down after a bumpy start to the season. He’s facing another major challenge in Trent Cole, whose 45 sacks since 2006 rank third in the NFL behind Dallas’ DeMarcus Ware and Minnesota’s Jared Allen. Cole was part of the Eagles’ unit that held the Falcons scoreless until the final play of the game last season.