Fanteractive Game Breakdown for New England @ Atlanta by foshman

National Football League

New England (V) vs. Atlanta (H)

NRG Stadium
Houston


Sunday Feb 05,2017 06:30 PM ET

Pre Game Analysis by foshman

Pre-Game Analysis Detail

Personnel Comparison
Which Team has Advantage in
Quarterbacks
Advantage : New England  
Both quarterbacks are good but Brady has been here many times and has the edge. 
Running Backs
Advantage : Atlanta  
Again, both teams have solid units but Freeman and Coleman give a slight advantage over the Patriots committee. 
Receivers
Advantage : Atlanta  
New England has more depth but without Gronkowski, Julio Jones is the only dynamic receiver in this game. 
Protection
Advantage : New England  
 
Defensive Line
Advantage : New England  
The Patriots have more depth although the Falcons have the best player in Beasley. 
Linebackers
Advantage : New England  
New England has a clear advantage here. 
Secondary
Advantage : Even  
This is the most evenly balanced unit between the two teams. 
Place Kickers
Advantage : New England  
 
Punting
Advantage : Even  
 
Kick Returners
Advantage : Even  
 
Personnel Notes
Atlanta has some players that offer them the kind of leverage they will need in order to attack the Patriots. New England has much better depth.
The X Factor?
There are too many X-factors to name one but how well Matt Ryan plays will be a determining factor.
Score Predictions
New England
 
Atlanta
7  
1st Quarter
7
3  
2nd Quarter
3
17  
3rd Quarter
3
7  
4th Quarter
10
34  
Final Score
23
Comments
New England should just outlast the Falcons
Match Up Quality
A-  
 
Match Up Balance
B+  
 
Situational Comparison
When Visiting Team has the ball...
Visiting Team Rush Offense vs Home Team Defense
Advantage : Neutral  
 
Visiting Team Pass Offense vs Home Team Defense
Advantage : New England  
 
Control of Line of Scrimmage
Advantage : Atlanta  
 
When home Team has the ball...
Home Team Rush Offense vs Visiting Team Defense
Advantage : Atlanta  
 
Home Team Pass Offense vs Visiting Team Defense
Advantage : Neutral  
 
Control of Line of Scrimmage
Advantage : Neutral  
 
Other Situations
Forcing Turnovers
Advantage : Atlanta  
 
Special Teams Advantage (Overall)
Advantage : Neutral  
 
Statistical Predictions
New England
 
Atlanta
 
Passing Attempts
 
Passing Completions
 
Passing Yards
 
Pass Completion %
 
Rushing Attempts
 
Rushing Yards
 
Total Yards
 
First Downs
 
Defensive Sacks
 
Offensive Turnovers
 
Offensive Penalties
 
Offensive Penalty Yards