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    The upcoming matchup is a throwback considering all the changes in Atlanta.
    With the additions of Jim Mora Jr. and Ric McKay in the front office. It sort of feels like we have seen these folks before.
    The only thing really hyped for this team so far is the slim edge win versus Coach Mora's former employer. As for Michael Vick, the coaching staff is hoping for a solid and healthy status. Last Year was a memory no Falcon fan wants to recall. With the 2-10 record without Vick in the starting lineup. With Warren "Little Train" Dunn in the running scheme, Mora is hoping to pound the ball.
    As with the San Francisco Matchup win. The Falcons are looking to contain the Rams new one two punch in Marshall and Steve Jackson. Both backs looked great. And with a secondary that needs to step up to put pressure on Vick,the Rams will count on Archuleta and Williams once more to make a solid impact.
    Offensively, the Rams are confident that they can burn the Falcons secondary and corners with Bruce and Holt. The Falcons did not show a solid D line, but it is still early.
    Let's hope this not a kickers matchup when it is all said and done.
    I Think Rams win by a touchdown once more. Rams 24-17.
    Any comments email [email protected]
    Last edited by Guest; -09-17-2004, 12:18 AM. Reason: Mispelled word

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    Share your thoughts...
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