Falcons DE John Abraham vs. Eagles LT King Dunlap: Abraham has six sacks and is off to a great start. The Falcons believe he is most effective when he plays from 45 to 50 snaps per game. Dunlap regained his starting spot from Demetress Bell. Dunlap started the first two games of the regular season, but suffered a strained hamstring. Bell took over, but struggled against the Lions. The Eagles have struggled to replace Jason Peters, who is on the non-football injured list after rupturing his Achilles tendon in March.
Falcons CB Dunta Robinson vs. Eagles WR DeSean Jackson: Robinson has leveled big hits in the past two games against the Eagles. Robinson put a hit on Jackson that led to a $50,000 fine that was later reduced to $25,000 in 2010. Both players suffered concussions. Last season, Robinson put a legal hit on Jeremy Maclin. With the game on the line, Maclin, possibly bracing for a big hit, dropped a key fourth-down pass. Jackson leads the Eagles with 29 catches for 465 yards and one touchdown.
Eagles RB LeSean McCoy vs. Falcons’ run defense: McCoy could be in for a big game against the Falcons, who have struggled against the run and are giving up 143.8 yards rushing per game. McCoy has 111 rushes for 459 yards (4.1 per carry) and one touchdown. “We want to make him cut in the backfield and not let him get up to the second level,” defensive end Ray Edwards said. “We have to make sure that we keep him inside the tackles and make plays there.”
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