Giants vs. Falcons Preview: Q&A with Freddie Boston

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Sep 14, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws the ball under pressure from Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Cedric Thornton (72) in the third quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Talking Matchups:

CS: 3. What is your team’s greatest strength? How does that strength match up with the Giants in your opinion? 

FB: The passing game is still the Falcons’ bread and butter. Matt Ryan is one of the league’s top passers and it helps when you have an elite player like Julio Jones to throw the football to. This should be a favorable matchup for Kyle Shanahan’s offense. New York got burned in the air by Dallas last week, giving up 356 passing yards. Only Detroit allowed more in San Diego. If Ryan and Jones can hit their rhythm early on, you have to feel there are points to be had.

CS: 4. What is the Falcons greatest weakness? How can the Giants exploit this? 

It’s the offensive line. The pass protection held up pretty well in the first half against the Eagles but then they started to apply more pressure and it fell apart somewhat. The Falcons signed tackle Jake Long this week, but it’s unclear if he will play Sunday. If the Giants can generate some pass rush, the offensive line may falter and this is where the problems begin. New York will need to beat the blockers, stop the run early and often and force Atlanta to throw the football. Philadelphia had some success doing just that.

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