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Wind and rain lie ahead for the Falcons in New Jersey

The weather conditions might be ugly, which should push the Falcons in a particular direction offensively.

NFL Preseason - Atlanta Falcons vs Jacksonville Jaguars - August 25, 2005 Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

The forecast for Sunday’s Falcons-Jets game should ensure that everyone in the stadium is thoroughly miserable. Right now, it looks like an inch or two of rain, a high of 70, and winds up to 50 miles per hour. That’s going to make for a slippery football, to put it mildly.

That changes the dynamic of this game in a fundamental way. The Falcons and Jets were probably already going to be inclined to run a lot, because both run defenses are susceptible to that. But now that we’re going to see wobbly, rain-soaked passes being carried by gusty winds, chances are good we’ll break the 50 carry mark between these two teams. Probably easily.

In many ways, this is the ideal way to break in what should be a run-first offense for the foreseeable future, at least until the passing game stops scuffling. The Falcons shouldn’t have a problem grinding out some long, productive drives with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman,

That said, following a foggy game in New England with a downpour isn’t going to be a lot of fun for this team, and they’ll need to be extremely careful with the football as they look to get back to 4-3. Hopefully we’ll actually be able to see this game, at least.