A Long Day At The Office

PantherInsider.com's Analyst Troy Gravel discusses today's game between the Falcons and the Panthers.

For most of us today is another Sunday of football, another weekend with our buddies watching the big game. I know that I will be in front of the HD anxiously waiting for 4:00pm to get here, already forced to sit through one game, of two teams, that I could care less whether they win or lose. I will have my snacks all laid out, a two liter of Coke nearby, and the doors to the living room shut, utterly assuring me that no one will disturb me while I watch my beloved Panthers take care of "Unfinished Business". But for the two teams I will be watching, I feel it is going to be "A Long Day At The Office".

Carolina is coming off a bye week, a win, a loss on Monday Night Football, and a very long off season after losing to the New England Patriots in Superbowl XXXVIII. Carolina has something to prove this year, not to the fans, not to the media, but to themselves. The problem is that they are playing the 3-0 Atlanta Falcons this week. That is right, I said the undefeated Atlanta Falcons.

This year Atlanta has gone through some major changes to their organization. They let Dan Reeves go and brought in Jim Mora. They changed from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 and have implemented the West Coast offense. Despite all those changes, Atlanta has started the season by defeating the Niners, Cardinals, and Rams. If one were to look at the records of all those teams, you would think "So what, they haven't beat anyone". Arizona's red zone defense is what is keeping them in games. San Fran took the Falcons down to the wire, only losing by two. Finally, who can argue with St. Louis and their high flying offense that is often referred to as "The Greatest Show on Turf". All that being said, look for Atlanta to come out and play the game of their life. They are not going to be scared of the Carolina Panthers and that "Touted" defense. Atlanta is going to run the ball with Warrick Dunn having the year of his career, Michael Vick is going to try a little of his magic, and that front four of Atlanta's defense is going to try and get to Jake Delhomme all day long.

Carolina on the other hand is going to have to test the Falcons and their secondary. It is going to be difficult to run the ball with Atlanta's front four being so very dominate, but we are going to have to try. Whether we take to the air and pass to the likes of Keary Colbert and Ricky Proehl, or put the rock in the hands of one Deshaun Foster, we are going to have to score and score quickly because with the Michael Vick at the helm for the Falcons, one can never be sure how it is going to play out. Atlanta has had Carolina's number winning 12 out of the last 18 games, but as I said in the beginning, the Panther's have some "Unfinished Business" to take care of and it all starts this week with the first game of their Divisional Series against none other than the Ultimate I-85 Rivalry, the ATLANTA FALCONS!!!

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