The Atlanta Falcons make their first visit to MetLife Stadium on Sunday when they hope to end their current three-game losing streak.
After starting the season with three straight victories, the Falcons have suffered three straight losses, all coming against AFC East opponents.
During their three wins to start the season, the Falcons averaged 29.0 PPG. The Atlanta offense has only averaged 13.7 PPG during their three-game slide.
The New York Jets seem to have a habit of playing opponents when they are in desperate need of proving themselves. The Falcons are definitely in a position to need to do that this week.
Sitting a 3-3, the Falcons are suffering the same “Super Bowl Hangover” that struck fellow division rival Carolina Panthers in 2016. After going 15-1 and dominating the NFL in 2015 during the regular season, the Panthers lost to the Broncos in the Super Bowl. In 2016, the Panthers finished 6-10 and were a shell of their 2015 team.
The 2016 Falcons averaged 33.8 PPG, which is 12 more PPG that the 2017 version so far. What has gone wrong for the Falcons this season?
In their 23-17 loss to Buffalo, the Falcons five second half possessions resulted in three turnovers and being stopped at the Bills 10-yard line on fourth down on their final drive.
Against the Dolphins the Falcons failed to hold a 17-0 halftime lead. Their four second half possessions featured two punts, a turnover and being held on downs as Miami scored 20 unanswered points. For the second straight game Matt Ryan was stopped in his quest to lead Atlanta to a victory on the game’s final drive.
Finally last week in a Super Bowl rematch with the Patriots, the Falcons scored on just one of their four Red Zone trips. That was the first time since Week 2 of 2006 where they were held scoreless on three Red Zone visits.
All told, the Falcons have been outscored 41-14 in their second half during their three-game losing streak against the AFC East.
This could be good news for the New York Jets who have been outscored 67-17 in the fourth quarter this season, including 17-0 in blowing a 14-point lead at Miami on Sunday.
The Falcons have allowed 4.3 yards per rush this season, which ranks 23rd in the NFL. The New York Jets average the same amount of yards per rush this season, which is 13th best in the NFL. Seeing the Jets get back to running the ball well would be a welcome sight as Gang Green has really struggled in that area the last three weeks.
Since running for a season-high 256 yards in Week 4 against the Jaguars, the New York Jets have combined to run for just 200 yards in their last three games.
Another positive for the New York Jets is that the Falcons defense has forced just three turnovers this season. For a New York Jets team that has turned the ball over at least twice in five of their seven games this season, that could give them an advantage.
The other bit of good news for the New York Jets is the last time they played the Falcons in 2013 at Atlanta, they were also coming off consecutive losses to the Dolphins and Patriots. The Jets defeated Atlanta on Monday Night Football, 30-28, as Nick Folk connected on a 43-yard FG as time expired.
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