The Atlanta Falcons are off to one of the best starts in team history, and the Oakland Raiders are looking to regain some footing early on in the season as they head to the home of one of the two remaining undefeated teams in the NFL.
The Falcons (5-0) are operating on all cylinders right now. They rank fifth in the league in scoring with 29.6 points per game, large in part to quarterback Matt Ryan's fantastic play. Ryan has thrown for 1,507 yards and 13 touchdowns, while only throwing three interceptions. He could very well have a field day against an Oakland defense which has struggled mightily, giving up 31.2 points per game - good for second to last in the NFL.
Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has enjoyed lots of success versus the Raiders over his long career. Gonzalez is having a great season so far, but he has 1,473 receiving yards in the 23 games he has faced the Raiders.
The Raiders might have back wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to help the offense keep pace. It will be a tall task as the Falcons also boast one of the league's better pass defenses. The Falcons are susceptible to the run, however. Opponents average 142.8 yards on the ground against Atlanta, but Oakland hasn't had much success with Darren McFadden this year. The Raiders rank dead last in rushing yards per game in the NFL. Outside of the 113 yards McFadden rung up on the Steelers, he has failed to eclipse 35 yards on the ground in the Raiders three losses.
Game date/time: Sunday, Oct. 14; 1 p.m. ET
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta: 790 AM
Oakland: KITS 105.3 FM