Atlanta Falcons vs. Oakland Raiders Preview and Prediction

In Week 2, Matt Ryan shredded the Oakland secondary, completing 26 of his 34 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns, with wide receiver Julio Jones going over the 100-yard mark. He's become a much better route runner. Hardy was busting his tail on the back side and ended up being in the right spot at the right time, and it ended up being a huge play for us. Vic Beasley, who failed to make a tackle in the first game, had two tackles and a sack.

"There's not going to be any proclamation made today", Del Rio said. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw a 51-yard touchdown to wide receiver Amari Cooper.

"I'm speechless", linebacker Bruce Irvin said. "That's Day 1 for DBs". I've come to the conclusion that coming to conclusions is what the average football fan does best, and that it ultimately does no favors to our health or sanity to do so. "For him at least".

Jack Del Rio looked like he'd been backed, squished and squeezed into a corner, 500 yards at a time. Per Chase Stuart of Football Perspective, that breaks a record for most yards allowed in the first two weeks of a season that the 1951 New York Yankees held for the last 65 years. Last week he had 137 receiving yards and he might duplicate that performance against Atlanta.

MACK ATTACK: Raiders star edge rusher Khalil Mack struggled to get to the quarterback in the opener against New Orleans as the Saints frequently used extra blockers to neutralize one of the game's best defenders.

Two games and 1,035 yards - that's a lot of motivation.

Sure, it's the same defensive scheme the Raiders ran last season under Norton and Del Rio, who played a combined 24 seasons in the NFL.

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco-QB 14: He looked a little rusty but had a nice deep connection with Mike Wallace, the Browns defense is a go against every week. "It's a shame. It's a hurtful feeling".

Ryan frequently found his tight ends for big gains, completing 10 passes for 180 yards and a TD to Jacob Tamme, Austin Hooper and Levine Toilolo.

He will be needed as Ryan is likely going to have to go score for score with the Raiders if the Falcons wish to remain in this game. The matchup is being televised on the CBS Sports.

Marshall meanwhile also had a fantastic game, recording six catches for 101 yards. If they make a great play and catch, so be it.

The Falcons woes in the red zone continued in the first half.

Joseph has had no defensive snaps through two games, while James got some action late against the Falcons.

JD: I think Freeman's 2015 season was the ceiling of what fantasy owners can expect in his career, but I'm also not selling him entirely this season. I like Woodhead more this week as a No. 2 running back. Ryan's 48-yard connection with Jones set up the score.

Oakland couldn't punch in the ball on the first three tries, but on a gutsy fourth down call, Carr hooked up with Week 1 hero Michael Crabtree for a touchdown and a 21-21 tie.

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