The Ravens will enter week seven of the NFL season looking to continue their success against the NFC in the friendly confines of M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Enjoying a record of 12-1 under head coach John Harbaugh (28-6-1 all-time) against opponents outside of the conference at home, the Ravens will face a struggling 2-4 Atlanta Falcons team that has lost three straight.
Last week against another NFL South opponent, the Ravens were in complete control of a stuttering Buccaneers team. The Ravens will need another close to perfect game in all three phases of the game on Sunday.
The Falcons bring to town the NFL’s third-best passing offense – led by quarterback Matt Ryan who has 12 touchdowns and the league’s second-most yards (1,850) – that will keep the Ravens 27th ranked pass defense on its toes.
The Ravens defensive backs will undoubtedly have their work cut out for them.
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith told reporters on Wednesday that Matt Ryan and his receivers will have a tough match-up against the Ravens improving unit, particularly Jimmy Smith.
“I think Jimmy has a great skill set at the corner position,” Falcons head coach Mike Smith stated on Wednesday about the veteran corner.
“When you talk about putting a corner together, 6-2, 210 pounds that runs a 4.4 that has the ability to stay in fades and mirror man that’s what you look for in a corner. I think he’s ascending to be one of the top corners in the NFL.”
It’s likely Jimmy Smith will match-up with Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, perhaps the best wide-out he’s had to keep under control. Through six games, Jones has recorded 44 catches this season, producing 620 yards and 3 touchdowns.
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