Wes Schweitzer had a brutal first week against Chicago, which soured a lot of fans on him almost immediately. He’s followed that up with three games that have ranged in quality from average to good, which is plenty encouraging for anyone hoping he can be the team’s long-term solution at right guard.
This week is likely to throw a roadblock in the way of that improvement, unfortunately, because Schweitzer draws arguably his biggest challenge yet: Ndamukong Suh.
As I wrote earlier today, I’d take Suh off this current Falcons roster in a heartbeat because he’s still a ridiculous talent, capable of wreaking havoc against the interior of opposing offensive lines. He also happens to mostly line up over Schweitzer, which means Schweitzer’s footwork, hand usage, and raw strength is going to be tested.
This will be a key matchup for the Falcons, who figure to be favored by a lot because they’re more talented and well-coached than Miami more or less across the board. If Suh and this Miami defensive line can get pressure on Matt Ryan, stopping drives and potentially forcing turnovers, they may be able to hang in.
If Schweitzer can put the brakes on Suh, though, we’re starting up the hype train in earnest. We’ll take a closer look at this matchup later in the week.