Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/20/13
If you like offense, passing offense to be exact, the game against the Falcons and Dolphins could prove to be a very exciting contest.With Matt Ryan’s cannon arm and his cast of characters to throw to and Ryan Tannehill, who is becoming one of the elite passers in this league, the chance to see over 600 yards in passing offense is very real.Now that the Falcons running back Steven Jackson has been ruled out of the game on Sunday, the passing game will be even more of a highlight in this matchup.Falcons coach Mike Smith said on Tuesday that Jackson has been ruled out for Week 3 and could possibly be out longer.Jackson suffered a thigh injury in the first quarter of the Falcons 31-24 win over St. Louis and left the game. That thigh injury could keep Jackson out for the rest of September and possibly into October."It's short-term," Smith said of the injury, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Don't know if that's two or three weeks."While the fact a key part of the Falcons offense will be on the sideline, it will also put more pressure on the Miami secondary, a unit charged with stopping Julio Jones, Harry Douglas, Roddy White (should he play) and Tony Gonzalez.The fact that Brent Grimes played for the Falcons before he signed with Miami in the offseason is a huge advantage, in my opinion.Because of Jackson’s status, it means the team will have more carries for running backs Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling. Snelling ran for 19 yards and a touchdown on only two carries against St. Louis. Rodgers found no success against the Rams, carrying the ball 11 times for 17 yards.The Miami defensive front is one of the best in the league defending the run.The game also means Dolphins right tackle Tyson Clabo will have a chance to face his former team, something he said he is looking forward to.“Of course,” Clabo said when asked if he was excited. “I have a lot of friends on that team. I was there for a really long time—eight seasons is a long time to be in one place. So of course I’m excited and it should be fun.”Clabo and Grimes were teammates last year as well.Regardless of whether it is his former team, Clabo think playing the Falcons gives this team a chance to see how good it can be.“And I think that our opponent this week is a pretty good football team. And I think that everybody knows if we don’t show up ready to play, they could put a hurting on us pretty quick.”
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