Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is basically the opposite of a sleep aid. His prowess on the football field makes it very difficult for opposing defensive coordinators to sleep at night. Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards won't sleep particularly well tonight. Oh well.
According to multiple sources, Edwards will be without star safety Harrison Smith tomorrow. Enter Antone Exum, his unseasoned replacement who will have his hands full containing Julio.
Second-year safety Antone Exum will make his first career start on Sunday, according to a league source, as the Vikings look for a safety who can help in coverage. Otherwise, the Vikings would turn to Robert Blanton, who started most of last season next to Smith before losing his job to Andrew Sendejo. In any case, dealing with [Julio] Jones, who leads the league with 89 catches, already figured to be a tough task. The absence of Smith -- who tied for third in the league with five interceptions last season -- could be a significant loss for the Vikings.
The Falcons need all the help they can get tomorrow. Their season is quickly slipping away, and the absence of Smith significantly helps their chances. Your thoughts?