Atlanta Falcons vs Minnesota Vikings Live Stream : The 2019 season finally kicks off this evening when the Packers take on the Bears at Soldier Field, and our staff is here to tell you which team we think will winon Thursday night. Their Week 1 matchup is with the Atlanta Falcons and it promises to be an interesting one, to say the least.Although the Vikings come into the game as slight favorites they didn’t live up to expectations last season. They must reprove themselves.Here are four bold predictions for the Minnesota Vikings in their Week 1 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.
Trying to figure out who will win the game is tough. Since no regular-season games have been played by either team, there is a limited amount of tape on the teams and expectations are the only real measuring stick, seeing how experts view the matchup can be a lot of fun.
Let’s take a look at each team and which experts think the Minnesota Vikings will win in Week 1 and who belives the Atlanta Falcons will emerge as the victors. The Atlanta Falcons (0-0), led by quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones, meet the Minnesota Vikings (0-0), led by quarterback Kirk Cousins, in an NFC matchup during Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season on Sunday, September 8, 2019 (9/8/19) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.One of the top NFC matchups on the first Sunday of the 2019 NFL season features the Atlanta Falcons taking on the Minnesota Vikings.
One year after reaching the NFC Championship Game, the Vikings barely missed the postseason in 2018. There’s hope for a rebound behind a stout defense and a healthy Dalvin Cook, but this team still goes as far as Kirk Cousins allows it to.
As for the Falcons, they should once again be loaded on offense, with Matt Ryan throwing to a bevy of talented receivers. Will the defense be good enough for the team to return to the playoffs?The Minnesota Vikings kick off their regular season on Sunday. Their Week 1 matchup is with the Atlanta Falcons and it promises to be an interesting one, to say the least.
Although the Vikings come into the game as slight favorites (likely in part due to their home field advantage), they didn’t live up to expectations last season. They must reprove themselves.
Here are four bold predictions for the Minnesota Vikings in their Week 1 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.The Minnesota Vikings recently signed Washington Redskins former first-round draft pick Josh Doctson. The receiver was cut at the end of the preseason despite having a career year in 2018.
In Washington’s defense, that career year still wasn’t anything special, certainly a lot less than you’d want from a first-round pick.
That being said, there were marked improvements in his game. More importantly, he was doing so with a terrible quarterback situation. Yes, Alex Smith was the QB for the first half of the year, but the Redskins ended the season with Josh Johnson at signal caller.
Can you really blame a receiver for not putting up elite numbers in those circumstances?
Doctson’s back with his old QB, Kirk Cousins. Although he isn’t the starter, he should get some time in Week 1. He’ll use that time well and flash his big play potential.
There’s still more than enough time to turn his career around, and Doctson will take the first step forward on Sunday. Needless to say, Redskins fans won’t be too happy about it.
The 2019 season opener for the Atlanta Falcons puts them on the road against a gritty Minnesota Vikings team. Here are three key factors to keep an eye on.
There is not extensive history between the Atlanta Falcons and the Minnesota Vikings, with the two teams having just 30 meetings dating all the way back to 1966. From the missed field goal kick in the 1998 NFC Championship Game to vault the Falcons to the Super Bowl, to Michael Vick streaking through the Vikings defense in 2002 for a game-winning touchdown run in overtime, there are a few standout moments between the two teams that sway in favor of the Falcons.
This time around, both teams enter the season with a talented roster that is capable of executing a deep postseason run. For the Falcons, it may only be Week 1, but with a tough start to the season, getting off to a winning start is vital. Here are three important keys for the Falcons as they take on the Vikes in Minneapolis.No. 1: Limit the run game/play action
What you see is what you get with the Minnesota Vikings offense. It is a run-first, pass-later offense that is jumpstarted by running back Dalvin Cook and a zone-running scheme that is bolstered with offensive assistants Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennison on staff. Yes, that Gary Kubiak. The one that many of the Falcons fan base clamored for this offseason to replace Steve Sarkisian as the Falcons offensive coordinator.
While Kubiak is an offensive consultant for Minnesota, his fingerprints are seen on this offensive blueprint. Expect to see plenty of wide zone runs and a healthy share of play action play calling. Limiting the run game for the Vikings will take away a reliable facet in their offensive attack. Granted, the Vikings have in their possession one of the best wide receiver tandems in the league. However, forcing a number of second and third-and-longs will get the Vikings to play out of their element and make it battle of passing games. Minnesota only recorded five 100-yard rushing games as a team last season, but that can partly be a result of injuries on the offensive line and for Cook himself.
No. 2: Win the field position battle
They don’t get the amount of attention that they deserve, but the Minnesota Vikings defense is one of the best all-around units in all of football. The group as a whole was fourth overall in team defense, 10th in scoring defense, first in opponent third-down conversions, and fourth in yards per play. They are that good.
For this segment, we’re going to dig a little deeper, however. According to Football Outsiders, the Vikings defense was fourth in yards per drive allowed last season. They were also fourth in the NFL in three-and-outs per drive. In other words, scoring opportunities against this aggressive defense may not come as often as the Falcons offense would like. So not having to drive 80, 85, or 90 yards for a score will be much appreciated by quarterback Matt Ryan and company.The NFL’s regular season has finally arrived and the Minnesota Vikings will face off against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. This will be one of the biggest challenges for the purple and gold as they should be tested by a high-powered offense and strong defense.