Falcons vs Bills: Matchups to Watch

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Posted Sep 22, 2005


A closer look at Sunday's game and the matchups inside the game.

Falcons LT Kevin Shaffer vs. Bills RE Aaron Schobel: Perhaps the scariest part of this matchup isn't so much how Shaffer handles Schobel, but the effect that Takeo Spikes has to blitz from either side or to close open space quickly. Shaffer will have his hands full with Schobel, so the scheme has to provide some support if Spikes comes flying off the edge.

Falcons TE Alge Crumpler vs. Bills MLB London Fletcher: Crumpler is always faster than linebackers perceive, particularly those who haven't faced him much. Coordinator Greg Knapp seemingly forgot about Crumpler in the first half last week, and soon as he called some plays to involve the two-time Pro Bowl selection, Atlanta started to move the chains.

Falcons LCB DeAngelo Hall vs. Bills WR Eric Moulds: Yes, Terrell Owens caught seven passes for 112 yards and Darrell Jackson finished with 144 yards on eight receptions, but Hall is doing what's asked of him. Moulds has been a premier receiver throughout his career, but Hall gets the upper hand because J.P. Losman doesn't compare to Donovan McNabb or Matt Hasselbeck.

INJURY IMPACT: WR Dez White is still hampered by a strained hamstring and a sore knee. DE Brady Smith returns to the lineup after a quadriceps injury caused him to miss the Seattle game.


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