NFL Week 4: 49ers @ Falcons

San Francisco 49ers @ Atlanta Falcons Sun. Oct. 3rd 1pm EST

Last week the Atlanta Falcons were able to do something they hadn’t done since 2002 in beating the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in a regular season game. They game may have come down to the wire and into overtime, but after Saints kicker Garrett Hartley missed a chip shot of a field goal, the Falcons capitalize with a field goal of their own and went on to victory.

Not only was the win over the New Orleans Saints a huge step forward for the Atlanta Falcons, but as a result they have become the new first place team in the NFC South division and will have the edge over the defending champs moving forward.

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Starting the season with a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime took a huge toll on this team, but this win over the New Orleans Saints was just what the doctor ordered and may be enough to win the NFC South division at season’s end, but there is still a lot of football to be played before we can start talking about the postseason.

In Week 4, Matt Ryan and company will have their hands full against another lockdown defense in the form of Mike Singletary’s San Francisco 49ers. Even though the 49ers have failed to live up to their expectations so far this season, they could be on the verge of turning things around if they can get the best of the Atlanta Falcons this week.

Obviously, at this point time it is a stretch to say the least that the San Francisco 49ers can give the Atlanta Falcons a run for their money, especially with all the momentum the Falcons have after beating their division rivals, but the NFL can be very unpredictable from week to week and anything can happen.

Personally, I believe the Atlanta Falcons have separated themselves from the pack in Week 3’s win over the New Orleans Saints as they have proven they are ready to take their game to the next level, but if the San Francisco 49ers defense can play up to their potential, Matt Ryan and his offense could be trouble as they might struggle to put points on the board.

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As of right now, the Atlanta Falcons are favored to win this matchup against the San Francisco 49ers with a -6.5 point spread and even though the Mike Singletary may have this team whipped into shape and ready for this game, I believe that is a safe bet as the Falcons are firing on all cylinders and should cruise to victory.

The key to this game will be whether or not the Falcons offense can get going and get going early as they will try and get a good mix of run and pass. With running back Michael Turner healthy and Roddy White playing like a Pro Bowl wide receiver once again, I can’t see the 49ers standing a chance in this one.

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