He's also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws a third-quarter pass against the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Bears held off a fourth-quarter rally by the Giants to win their home opener last week, while the Falcons came up short in a one-point loss at Dallas. With the stage set for the Week 3 matchup between the Falcons and Bears on Sunday afternoon, here are three bold predictions that will take place for Atlanta during the game at home. The Bears have been Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with their 3-4 defensive alignment. The one thing they have been able to do right, however, is run the ball. Atlanta has the league's worst scoring defense right and the second-worst total defense as well (476.5 ypg). var dfpMoreSlots = []; Against New York last week, Trubisky came out firing in the first half as he led the Bears on three scoring drives. Let's break this down. attachDfpMoreSlotEvent(jQuery); * The Bears may be unbeaten, but they are not without their flaws. Atlanta is fourth in total yards and fifth in points scored. }); Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season features a matchup between two teams heading in different directions. That’s not to say the Falcons have purely been victims of bad luck.

The Falcons, however, continue to light up the box scores on offense but their defense has put them in a tough spot. On Sunday afternoon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the Falcons will take the field against another NFC opponent when they welcome in the undefeated Chicago Bears into downtown Atlanta. The Chicago Bears are underdogs against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season. After a brutal collapse last week in the Week 2 contest on the road against the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta remained winless in the new season while turning its focus to changing that in Week 3 this Sunday back at home. But in the fourth quarter, Trubisky completed 8-of-10 passes for 89 yards and three touchdowns. Two weeks ago in Detroit, Trubisky struggled to get into a rhythm in the first three quarters. The Bears came back from a 23-6 deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Detroit Lions in Week 1, though they would have lost if Lions running back D’Andre Swift held onto a would-be touchdown pass in the final seconds. Quinn didn't play in Detroit because of a bad ankle, and he only posted one tackle (which was a TFL) against New York. Heading into this week, the Falcons have eight defensive players listed as questionable on the injury report, including defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. and cornerback Kendall Sheffield. The Bears rank 23rd in total offense and 26th in yards per play after facing those teams. The Bears only have five sacks thus far, with Robert Quinn and Khalil Mack accounting for just one each. * [

In the third week of the 2020 NFL season, the Atlanta Falcons are still on the search for their first victory of the year.

}); The Bears are 5-3 in their last eight games against the Falcons, including 3-2 in their last five trips to Atlanta, and they're outscoring the Falcons 169-110 during this stretch. Dating back to last season, the Bears have been held to 21 points or fewer in four of their last five games. With the loss, the Falcons dropped to 0-2 overall on the year. } They've already gained 284 yards on the ground (4.7 ypc), with David Montgomery leading the way (146 rushing yards, 5.0 ypc). if (typeof element === 'function') { Both quarterbacks have posted respectable numbers so far.

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The Falcons rank fifth in scoring offense (32.0 ppg), fourth in total offense (443.0 ypg), and second in passing offense (350.5 ypg), but they're the fifth-worst rushing offense (92.5 ypg). The Falcons have already given up 78 points, with 54 of those points coming in the second half. }); } else if (document.attachEvent) { Atlanta couldn’t take advantage of three Dallas fumbles and a pair of botched fake punts. Build your custom FanSided Daily email newsletter with news and analysis on Atlanta Falcons and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more. He is completing 67.8 percent of his throws for 723 yards and six scores He's averaging eight yards per attempt and has a very strong 109.6 passer rating. * 'ad_selection': 3, }); Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. September 27, 2020 10:09 am The Chicago Bears will travel south to take on the Atlanta Falcons from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The over/under is 47.5. * 'personalization': 2, element();

The Dallas Cowboys beat Atlanta 40-39 in one of the most improbable comebacks the league has seen in recent years. Two of those touchdowns came in the final three minutes when the Bears erased a 17-point deficit to defeat the Lions. * 'purpose':'purpose id' On the other side of the field in Week 3, the Bears are coming off of a 17-13 win over the New York Giants last weekend in Chicago. But in the second half, he threw two interceptions, which almost proved costly, and he took a sack on the Bears' final possession which forced Cairo Santos to attempt a 50-yard field goal that he missed. Atlanta doesn’t have an exceptional defense, but neither does New York or Detroit. Chicago held off the New York Giants 17-13 in a game that New York nearly stole without its two best offensive weapons. Report: Senators place Bobby Ryan on waivers for buyout, Atlanta Falcons: Historic loss must be the final straw with Dan Quinn, NFL Week 2 winners and losers: Falcons, Russell Wilson and Dolphins fans, Atlanta Falcons: Studs and duds in Week 2 vs. Cowboys. This side of the ball has been an Achilles heel for both teams. window.addEventListener('load', function () { They've held their opponents to just six first-half points, but they've given up 34 in the second half. window.attachEvent('onload', function () { Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. Ryan is his usual self as indicated on the stat sheet. The Bears' inconsistency in the passing game is well documented. Both teams will be looking to take advantage of less-than-stellar defenses.

Chicago has narrowly defeated a pair of teams that are mediocre, at best. The Falcons’ defense might have a respectable effort against a struggling Chicago offense. Fantasy Football: Start or sit for NFL Week 3, New England Patriots: Sony Michel enters a critical week, After a brutal collapse last week in the Week 2 contest on the road. }); }

* @see sites/all/modules/athlon/amg_consent_management/assets/config/config.json Consistency, however, has been his issue. Chicago would be even closer to the bottom of the league had it not been for that fourth quarter against the Lions. attachDfpMoreSlotEvent(jQuery); The Bears have won three of their last five road games, while the Falcons have lost four of their last six home games. * DFP requires multiple purposes listed below:

While one team looks to grab its first win of the year, the other is trying to avoid losing for the first time in 2020. He's a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. — Gabe Salgado is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. The Falcons were beaten rather handily by the Seattle Seahawks in the opener.

Their defense has been abysmal, ranking dead last in points allowed and 31st in both total defense and opponents' yards per play.

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In the third week of the 2020 NFL season, the Atlanta Falcons are still on the search for their first victory of the year. In the game, Atlanta had a ton of positives to exit the game with early in the first half, jumping out in front of Dallas right out of the gate. The Falcons will need to keep Ryan upright against this fierce-when-healthy defense. The Chicago Bears are perfect through two games in the 2020 NFL season, but you might not know it by looking at the Week 3 betting odds. * @see https://support.google.com/dfp_premium/answer/7673898#personalized Atlanta (0-3) became the first team in NFL history to lose back-to-back games in which it led by 15 or more points in the final period, according to STATS.

Atlanta has faced maybe the most difficult schedule of anyone in the NFC. The … The Bears average 22.0 points and 333.5 yards per game, which rank 16th and 21st, respectively.

Todd Gurley hasn't fully gotten going yet (117 rushing yards, TD, 3.3 ypc), so they'll need a much bigger effort from him, as wide receiver Julio Jones, offensive tackles Jake Matthews and Kaleb McGary, and tight end Luke Stocker are all listed as either questionable or doubtful in this week's injury report. He's also taken three sacks already this year; in fact, Ryan has taken over 40 sacks in each of the last two seasons. } For Atlanta, it is coming off of a 40-39 heartbreaking last-second loss to Dallas a week ago, a game it blew in the final quarter highlighted by head-scratching late-game execution that resulted in the Cowboys completing a comeback. In addition to the two picks he's thrown, Trubisky has also taken five sacks and fumbled once, and his decision-making is once again being questioned. The Falcons are scoring 30.8 points per game in their last six contests. Even against a formidable Chicago defense, Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense could find enough success to snag their first win of the year. * 'measurement': 5 function attachDfpMoreSlotEvent($) { But they have a prime opportunity in front of them this week, as they take on a Bears team that still hasn't found it's offensive identity. The Bears need to play at a high level for a full four quarters if they want to keep their record clean.

Trubisky, of course, is no Russell Wilson or Dak Prescott. The Chicago Bears (2-0) are looking to remain undefeated as they head south this Sunday to take on an Atlanta Falcons (0-2) team that's very hungry for a win. Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws a third-quarter pass against the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

> Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images. The issues that Ryan has had have been small but glaring. We'll never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like. Your privacy is safe with us. $.each(dfpMoreSlots, function (index, element) { Bold predictions for the Atlanta Falcons in their Week 3 matchup with the Bears. In that game, Chicago jumped out to a 17-0 advantage in the first half and cruised to a win while holding off New York to improve to 2-0 overall and into a tie with the Green Bay Packers for the top spot in the NFC North division. if (document.addEventListener) {