NY Jets vs. Atlanta Falcons Monday Night Football

The New York Jets will Travel to the Georgia Dome to take on the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football. Both teams are trying to get back on track as both lost their last game. Atlanta has a 1-3 record heading in to the game. They have lost their last 2 games to the Patriots and the Dolphins. The Falcons lost both those games by 7 points so they were close game. The Jets on the other hand are coming off a blowout loss to the Tennessee Titans 38-13.

The New York Jets are lead by rookie QB Geno Smith. Smith has thrown for 1090 yards with 4 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. The Jets leading rusher is Bilal Powell. He has rushed for 292 yards on 66 carries and has scored 1 touchdown. Their leading receiver is Santonio Holmes who has caught 10 passes(targeted 24 times) for 243 yards and 1 touchdown. The Jets rank 17th in the league in passing yards a game throwing for 243.2. Their rushing game is  averaging 123 yards per game which ranks 11th in the league. In total offensive the Jets rank 13th at 366.2 yards per game. On the defensive side of the ball the Jets are lead in solo tackles by DeMario Davis and David Harris. They have a total of 35 solo tackles. Their sacks leaders are Muhammad Wilkerson and Calvin Pace. They have a total of 5.5 sacks. The Jets interceptions leader is Dawan Landry. He has the one and only interception for the Jets. The Jets rank 7th in the league in passing yards allowed only giving up 203.8 per game. They are giving up 79.2 rushing yards per game which ranks 3rd in the league. In total yards they rank 2nd in the league giving up 283 yards per game.

Their opponent the Atlanta Falcons is lead by QB Matt Ryan. Ryan has thrown for 1330 yards with 8 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Their leading rusher is Jacquizz Rodgers. Rodgers has rushed for 134 yards and no touchdowns as he has filled in for the Falcons main running back Steven Jackson who is out with a hamstring injury. The Falcons leading receiver is Julio Jones. Julio has caught 33 passes(targeted 49 times) for 481 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Falcons rank 3rd in the league in passing yards at 316.5. They rush for an average of 83 yards per game which ranks 23rd in the league. They rank 6th in total offense averaging 398.5 yards per game. Their defensive leaders for solo tackles are Robert McClain and William Moore who have a combined 49 tackles. Their sack leaders are Osi Umenyiora and Akeem Dent. they have a combined 3.5 sacks. The Falcons interception leaders are Robert Alford, Osi Umenyiora and William Moore. Each player has 1 interception. The Falcons rank 28th in passing yards allowed giving up 301 yards per game. They are giving up 92.2 rushing yards per game which ranks 7th in the league. The Falcons are giving up 393.2 total yards which ranks 25th in the league.

 

My Prediction

The home field advantage helps the Falcons as they get off to a hot start scoring 14 points before the Jets put up any points. After the 1st quarter the score 17-3. In the 2nd quarter the Jets make it a close game as they score a touchdown and a field goal. Atlanta comes back with a field goal to make the score 20-13 at halftime. In the 3rd quarter Geno Smith throws a touchdown to Santonio Holmes to tie up the game 20-20 with 5:00 to go in the quarter. Atlanta again adds on a field goal to make the score 23-20 at the end of the 3rd. In the 4th Matt Ryan throws a touchdown pass to Julio Jones to make the score 30-20 with 9:30 to go in the 4th quarter. Geno Smith comes right back driving his team down the field to get a field goal with 4:45 left to make the score 30-23. After a 3 and out by the Falcons the Jets get the ball back with 2:15 left. Geno Smith again leads his team down the field to the to the 30 yard line and then throws an interception. That seals the game as the Falcons run out the clock to win the game.

 

Final Score:

Falcons: 30
Jets: 23

 

 

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