Originally written on Blogging Dirty  |  Last updated 10/14/11

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 29: Maurice Stovall #85 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against Stephen Nicholas #54 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 29, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Nicholas must do a good job spying Cam Newton on Sunday. When the Falcons face off against the Panthers, in a must win contest. There will be a few match ups that ultimately will decide the fate of the game. Let’s take a look at three of them:-Falcons LB Stephen Nicholas vs Panthers QB Cam Newton – So far this season when the Falcons have faced mobile QB’s it has been the responsibility of Nicholas to spy the opposing QB and to prevent him from making a big run. Nicholas has had some success in this role this season, particularly against Mike Vick and the Eagles, when he in the spying role for most of the game. On Mike Vick’s second fumble in that game he did a good job of pushing Vick to the sidelines and into further Falcons tacklers. Nicholas will be tested again this week with Cam Newton and will likely be asked to play a similar spying role. This matchup favours Nicholas a bit better against Newton than it did against Vick, as Nicholas is more of a physical linebacker and has e...
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