Originally posted on Grits Blitz  |  Last updated 11/1/13
The Falcons are coming off of their worst loss of the season as they fell last weekend by two touchdowns at Arizona. They stay on the road the week and face a tough divisional challenge in Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Coming into the season, one of the things that stood out about the second half of the schedule was the number of "mobile" quarterbacks that the Falcons faced. That part of the schedule starts now as the Falcons will face Newton twice, Russell Wilson, RG3 and Collin Kaepernick before the end of the season.  The Falcons are 21st in the league in yards allowed but if you look a little closer you will see that they are 26th in yards per play. They are also 27th in the league in 3rd down conversions allowing opponents to convert 44%. Now the Falcons get to face the 4-3 Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton. Newton is completing 64.9% of his passes with 12 TD against 5 INT. His QB rating is a 97.6, which is slightly above Matt Ryan. When you look at Newton, you also have to look at his ability to run the football. So far this year he is running it around seven times a game and is averaging a career worst 4.6 ypc and 32.7 ypg. He has 3 TD against 1 fumble so far this season. One thing affecting his numbers is he hasn't had that breakaway run yet this year. Will he get it this weekend? Newton has played better at home so far this year throwing 5 TD to just 1 INT and he's completing 68.7% of his passes against 63% on the road. Last year against the Falcons, Newton threw for 502 yds with 4 TD (against 0 INT) and ran for 202 yards and 2 TD.  The Falcons haven't faced a "mobile" QB yet this year so this will be another interesting challenge for the young defense. At 2-5, the Falcons hope for the playoffs has all but faded. If they have a shot left, they absolutely have to win this game. But can they stop Cam Newton?
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