It looks like the Atlanta Falcons (6-7) might be getting Matt Ryan and Michael Turner back this week against the New York Jets (7-6), as they participated in practice in “limited” roles. They are listed as questionable though, so you will have to wait and see until gametime whether or not they play. Either way, the Falcons will need a very strong effort out of running back Jason Snelling because even if Turner does play he will still be limited. The Jets have a very strong run-defense though, so if they can’t get their running backs going they might be in some trouble. If Ryan can’t go, Chris Redman will be the starter again and he needs to make sure he takes care of the ball. Redman has shown flashes of great play, so if he can give the Falcons a consistent performance it will bode very well for them.
The Falcons defense should put as much pressure on the Jets’ rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez as they can. When Sanchez is forced out of the pocket he has made a lot of mistakes this year. He has thrown 17 interceptions, so the secondary should be ready for some interception opportunities. They probably are going to keep the game-plan conservative though, so Thomas Jones will be getting a lot of carries for the Jets. Jones has been running the ball well, and the Falcons need to try and keep him out of the endzone. The Jets look like the stronger team at this point, but if Ryan and Turner are back for the Falcons it could be a different story.
FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: New York Jets 27, Atlanta Falcons 17