Jaguars must keep these 5 Falcons in check in Week 12

Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /
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Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts (8) – Jacksonville Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

After beating the Buffalo Bills in Week 9, the Jacksonville Jaguars have lost two games in a row. While the game against the Indianapolis Colts was a close one, they were soundly beaten by the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11.

On the bright side, the Jags will have a chance to bounce back in Week 12, went they face off against an Atlanta Falcons team that is coming off a 25-0 loss to the New England Patriots. You should never underestimate an opponent in the NFL but Jacksonville has a favorable matchup even though they have a worse overall record this season.

The Falcons’ defense ranks 31st in points allowed, which could benefit a Jaguars’ offense that has had a hard time scoring points since running back James Robinson suffered a heel injury. On the other hand, Atlanta’s offense is a bit difficult to read. Even though they’ve scored a combined three points in the last two weeks, they scored 27 or more points in four of the five preceding.

Either way, the Jaguars will have to keep these five Falcons in check if they want to win their third game of the season.

No. 1 Falcon the Jaguars must keep in check – Kyle Pitt, TE

If you had suggested earlier this year that tight end Kyle Pitts would be the Falcons’ leading receiving heading into Week 12, you would have probably gotten a blank stare. After all, Julio Jones was still with the team and Calvin Ridley looked like a star on the rise. Alas, the former got traded to the Tennessee Titans, and the latter retired midseason to focus on his mental health.

Without Jones and Ridley someone, Pitts was left to pick up the slack, hauling in 43 receptions for 635 yards with one touchdown. Despite the fact that the former Florida Gator has found the end zone just once this season, he’s averaging a 14. 8 per catch, which is good for a wide receiver, great for a tight end.