That matchup features young 6’9″ left offensive tackle King Dunlap against the Falcons John Abraham. Dunlap will start in place of Jason Peters, who will miss a few weeks because of a knee injury.
Dunlap who allowed three sacks versus the Niners, will now have to deal with Abraham. The Atlanta defensive end has already posted four sacks this season. He’s got to be licking his chops after seeing the Eagles-Niners video and getting the news that Dunlap is starting.
I expect to see the Birds line Brent Celek on the left side and have him help on Abraham. At other times they will have one of the backs chip the defensive end as they go out on their routes.
They can roll away from him so that he has a lot farther to run to get to Kevin Kolb.
You’ll see them give Kolb opportunities to get the football out of his hands with three and five step drops.
When the Falcons have the ball the match-up to watch will be Eagles Pro Bowl defensive end Trent Cole versus Falcons left tackle Sam Baker.
Baker has had a hand in some of the 10 sacks, which the Falcons have allowed so far this season. He’s been facing a good deal of criticism in Atlanta for his play. He was a number draft choice, who has been starting since he was drafted but at times, he gets beaten by the top pass rushers.
Chances are that one of these four guys will be a hero after the game and another will be a goat.
Who do you think the hero will be and who do you thing the goat will be?