Tha Sports Junkies 101

Darius Slay-Led Defense Up Next For Julio And The Falcons

Darius Slay-Led Defense durff33 via Flickr


Darius Slay-Led Defense Looks To Slow Down Falcons Offense

This week we have the Falcons going up against the Detroit Lions. Both teams are 2-0 to start the season after some impressive wins last week. The Falcons showed that they’re still the team to beat in the NFC after defeating the Packers 34-23. Both the offense and the defense were rolling in that game, and the Packers didn’t have an answer. The Lions embarrassed the Giants on Monday defeating them 24-10. The defense was the bright spot for the game, and they gave Eli Manning a hard time in the pocket. This Darius Slay-led defense has a lot to account for this week going against Julio Jones. Here are some things to look out for in this matchup.

Big Play Slay

They call him “Big Play Slay” because he does what his name says: make big plays. Last week Darius Slay was quiet because most of the Giants’ receivers weren’t doing much. The reason for that was because of the pressure that the Lions defensive line was showing. Eli Manning was also off on some of his throws, and he paid for it by throwing a pick. This week Slay is going up against Julio Jones. Jones just came off of a 100 yard game against the Packers secondary. Slay is definitely better than everybody on that secondary, so expect him to put up a fight against Jones. Depending on how much the Falcons get Jones involved, I still see him having a good game despite Slay being a solid cornerback.

Can The Falcons Get Pressure On Stafford?

We can talk about this Darius Slay-led defense all day, but what about the Falcons defense? It was reported earlier this week that Vic Beasley is going to be out for at least a month. Back in the day, this would be a problem for the Falcons. Losing your best pass rusher is still a big loss, but the Falcons have some good depth. Takk McKinley looks to be the player that has to step up in place of Beasley. In the first two games, McKinley has shown some good pass rushing skills with his limited playing time. There are also players such as Adrian Clayborn, Derrick Shelby, and Jack Crawford that have to step up big while Beasley is absent. Expect the Falcons to still get pressure on Matthew Stafford and the Lions offensive line.

Falcons Secondary Will Be Tested

If the Falcons don’t get pressure on Stafford, he’s going to test their secondary. There were numerous times in the game against the Giants where Stafford threw deep balls. Marvin Jones and Golden Tate are both fast receivers, so the defense has to make sure to stay in front of them. The Falcons secondary did a good job keeping the Packers receivers in check. Robert Alford has always been the corner who gets penalized the most in 1-on-1 situations. If he can have a good game, the Falcons shouldn’t have a problem.