Our staff assembles to debate how the Falcons-Texans game will end in Week 4. Spoiler alert: We're bullish on Atlanta's chances.
Falcons 27, Texans 16
Their front four - three, I guess - scares the bejeezus out of me (Fun fact, bejeezus doesn't trigger spell check), but even in a game of attrition, I expect the team with the superior offense to come out on top. Their offense has weapons in many places except for quarterback, and last I checked, that position was somewhat important. The potential return of Arian Foster could cause problems, but his return won't make or break the game. I expect them to get heavy pressure on us, but Kyle Shanahan's strong offensive mind will scheme us out of danger. Oh yeah, there's that #11 guy, too.
Falcons 28, Texans 10
I'm not a fan of predicting big victories, because they're difficult to come by in the NFL - but the Falcons appear to be hitting their stride offensively. The Texans have some great individual players on defense, but they are a struggling unit overall. While I think their defensive front could cause some issues for our OL, Shanahan has shown the ability to improvise protection for Ryan and for Julio to feast yet again. The Texans offense lacks the competent QB that all teams need and the Falcons defense will likely be anxious to prove that the first half against the Cowboys was a fluke. The Falcons should go 4-0 on the season.
Falcons 27, Texans 13
I expect J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney to make plays and disrupt things for the offense, but at the end of the day the Falcons are a much more talented squad than the Texans. Ryan Mallett's been playing shaky football through three games and I don't expect him to magically turn it around this week. Expect Matt Ryan and Julio Jones to have another big day as the Falcons take care of business in the Dome.
Falcons 32, Texans 12
Falcons 34, Texans 10
If this game were last season, I'd expect slightly different results. However, Atlanta's offensive line is pass blocking just as well as anyone else's right now and the Ryan-Julio tandem is reaping the benefits. I'm expecting Atlanta's offense to continue lighting up the scoreboard, and the Texans offense to continue struggling against a Falcons defense that is much improved from last season.
Falcons 31, Texans 13
I'll be short with you here: The Texans aren't very good offensively — although they'll get a boost if Arian Foster is able to play. J.J. Watt is unlike any other defender, but the Falcons should cruise easily to warp pipe 69 4-0. Wahoo!
Falcons 27, Texans 17
Atlanta's at home, the Texans lack the healthy, shifty pass-catching back that has been giving the defense nightmares, and Julio Jones is alive and well. The Texans may be able to keep this one close with a strong defensive effort, but everything's coming up Falcons.