When reading a preview column from Falcon Bleacher Report’s – Scott Carasik, there seems to be some high optimism for this game in Hot-Lanta:
"Atlanta doesn’t have the best edge-rushers in the league. Not by far. But they could have their best matchup of the season Sep 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Julio Jones (11) during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports this week if Jermon Bushrod is out. Bushrod is a former Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle who has knee and ankle injuries that sidelined him last week. Michael Ola—his replacement and normal left guard—isn’t exactly a brilliant pass-protector. The Falcons can take advantage of this by playing a lot of 3-4 sets with Jonathan Babineaux and Jonathan Massaquoi on the weak side to attack it."
When looking at our sister Fansided site, Blogging Dirty, there is very similar panic that we are seeing here in Chicago. Some are calling this game a “must-win”:
"Starting off the season 2-3 may not be as bad as it sounds but if you listen to a die hard Atlanta Falcons fan right now, you might think the team is 0-5."
Despite a mediocre start to the season for the Bears, their offensive weapons are still very well respected:
"Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, and arguably the best tight end in the NFL Martellus Bennett are three stars to fear at all times. Matt Forte is still one of the best backs in the league even after a slow start, and knowing that the Falcons hold one of the worst defenses in the league isn’t comforting."