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Date: Sunday, September 27th, 2020
Time: 1:05 PM ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
TV Coverage: FOX
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Atlanta Falcons: Marlon Davidson (questionable, knee), Kendall Sheffiel (questionable, foot), Foye Oloukon (questionable, undisclosed), Charles Harris (questionable, ankle), Ricardo Allen (questionable, elbow), Takkarist McKinley (questionable, groin), Kaleb McGary (questionable, MCL), Julio Jones (questionable, hamstring)
Chicago Bears: Josh Woods (questionable, personal)
Atlanta Falcons Analysis
The Atlanta Falcons are looking to get their first win of the season in week three against the Bears at home in Atlanta. The Falcons have faced two tough teams in their first two weeks losing to the Seattle Seahawks and the Dallas Cowboys. They have started off tough, but their offense looks very good for them and will be a challenge for the Bears defense.
Against the Cowboys, Matt Ryan went 24/36 on passing with 273 yards and four touchdowns. Matt Ryan has looked very good in his first two weeks of the 2020 season. He has only thrown one interception through two games. He has been efficient in the pocket and making accurate passes down the field and through the middle. The Bears defense may be a challenge in the secondary and on the line and their offensive line will need to keep Ryan protected he is bound to have another good game.
On the other hand, Todd Gurley was underwhelming last week rushing 21 times for 61 yards and scoring no touchdowns. For a team that was winning most of the game, we should have seen more from Todd Gurley. The Bears have allowed good performances to running backs thus far, and outside of Saquon for a quarter last Sunday, Gurley is the best running back they will face so far in the season.
The most exciting part for the Falcons at the moment is their deep receiving core with Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage, and Hayden Hurst. Ridley led the Falcons last week with 7 catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Fittingly enough, Hurst and Gage also added one touchdown of their own in the Falcons pass-heavy offense. However, Julio Jones has been dealing with a hamstring injury that was clearly hurting him last week and is keeping him questionable for week three.
The Falcons need to work on their defense in week three if they want to beat the Bears. Their defense has allowed 78 points through the first two weeks of the season. While their defense created three fumbles last week in the first half, the Cowboys ran and passed the ball with ease in the second half, leading to their come back victory. The Falcons need their defense to step up to help out their very productive offense.
Chicago Bears Analysis
The Bears have won both of their first two games this season, the last one at home versus the New York Giants. While the offense looked very strong along with the defense in the first half, they did not score at all in the second half and the defense struggled to contain the Giants’ offense in the second half, even without Saquon Barkley. They will need to be more consistent in week three against an underrated Falcons’ team that is due for a win.
Mitchell Trubisky has been the biggest variable for the Bears since his career-worst season last year. However, in the first half last week, he looked strong and was making very good passes from the pocket. He scrambled as well as he is known to do and even ran the ball occasionally. He spread the ball more than we have seen from him and completed a pass to ten different players. His consistency lacked greatly in the second half and threw for two interceptions and only 31 yards. He will need to stay focused through the whole game in week three to be able to beat the Falcons.
David Montgomery looked solid again behind the great performance of his offensive line in the rush protection. He had 16 carries for 82 yards and also recorded 3 catches for 45 yards and one touchdown. Montgomery looked strong because of the consistent play calling from Matt Nagy to run the ball. Contrary to last season, the Bears ran the ball 32 times and passed only 28 times in week two. They need to keep up that style of play calling because Montgomery is a powerful running back who refuses to go down.
The Bears’ wide receivers have been lacking in receptions and getting open for Mitch. While Mitch is usually the one to blame, the wide receivers Anthony Miller and Darnell Mooney were dropping some notable passes from Mitch. They will need to increase their play against a beatable Falcons defense in week three to be able to win that game.
The defense started looking like the usual terrifying Bears defense in week two. Robert Quinn and Khalil Mack certainly fed off of each other on the defensive line. They had one fumble recovery, four sacks, 55 tackles, and one interception. They almost had a pick-six from star safety Eddie Jackson, but it was called back for pass interference. If the Bears can generate pressure on Matt Ryan next week and keep the Falcons’ receiving core honest, they should have a good chance of securing their third straight win of the season.
Chicago Bears Depth Chart
Betting Corner Falcons -3.5
Spread: Falcons -3.5
Moneyline: Falcons -165
The Falcons are certainly due for a win after taking two hard losses to two difficult teams. The Bears have been struggling to produce on offense, where the Falcons have been producing a lot which may let them run away with the game. If the Bears offense can produce against the Falcons’ defense, they will have a chance at winning.
I like the over for this game because the Falcons have put up a lot of points against very tough defenses and they should continue to do that. However, the Bears have not been putting up many points this season, but they have averaged 22 points per game which should be enough to feel good with that bet against a weak Falcons’ defense.
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Daily Fantasy Picks
Matt Ryan is one of the most underrated fantasy quarterbacks year in and year out. This year is no different, as he put up 25 in week one and 29 in week two. He should remain a starter for any fantasy owner that has him and will take advantage in week three against the Bears.
At this point, I think Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage are clear starters for fantasy football. Gage may lean more of being a high ceiling flex option, but Ridley is a guaranteed start. Julio has been dealing with injury and has not been producing for his fantasy owners. It may be time to bench him until he proves he can be a reliable fantasy player going forward.
If you have Todd Gurley, you should continue to start him as he is one of few running backs that is getting multiple touches per game. His difficulty is his offensive line and pass-first offense, but I expect him to produce against the Bears’ weaker rush offense.
David Montgomery has been getting the many touches that he deserves as a solid NFL running back. He should be a consistent RB2 in most fantasy leagues with the number of touches he gets in the run and pass game. The Bears do not have much depth in the running back position making him the best option for most of their offense.
Allen Robinson has lacked fantasy production in his first two weeks of the season. With 12 points in week one and 6 points in week two and no trips to the endzone, owners are expecting more from Robinson. He is always in a predicament with Trubisky as his quarterback, but he is also working on trying to get an extension and figuring out his future with the Bears. It has been rumored that Robinson and his agent have discussed the possibility of asking for a trade, but that has been denied by him and his agent. His this fire under Robinson to prove his worth, he should be increasing his production over the coming weeks.