Bottom line: This won't be an easy game. The Bengals have some unfortunate injuries to deal with, but they're at home and they're a tough football team. The Saints were a thrilling test of the Falcons' defense and resilience, even if they didn't mount much of a defensive challenge, while the Bengals should fare better against the offense but offer less of an all-encompassing challenge against the defense. The Falcons also may well be without Jake Matthews, and Gabe Carimi's fortunes at left tackle are still an open question.
The argument for a Falcons win, even though I'm not predicting one? That offense is insanely good, the defense only needs a couple of turnovers to keep this team in it and special teams remains a major strength. You simply can't dismiss their chances, which is a refreshing course change from a year ago.
You'll find all the relevant game information below.
Falcons vs. Bengals Game Info
Game time: Sunday, September 14th, 1 p.m. EST
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV Channel: CBS
Radio: 92.9 the Game and 790 the Zone
Records: Falcons (1-0) vs. Bengals (1-0)
Prediction: Falcons lose by 3 points
The Competition: Cincy Jungle
Injury Report: Jake Matthews doubtful to play for Falcons, Vontaze Burfict doubtful for Bengals