The Atlanta Falcons are not taking the Detroit Lions lightly in their Week 16 matchup. What are some things that Falcons head coach Mike Smith think the Falcons need to focus on to beat the Lions?
The Detroit Lions may be 4-10 entering Saturday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, but Falcons head coach Mike Smith is not taking them lightly. A lot of the Lions' losses have come by less than a score and Smith knows that the Lions have the personnel that can cause some issues for the Falcons:
They are very talented defensively, much like last week, we'll be facing a defensive front that is probably the strength of their defense. On the offensive side, they've got arguably one of the best wide receivers that's going to create issues. Their quarterback has a very strong arm and can fling it around the field."
Smith also took some time to talk about Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. While the tackle has been accused of being a dirty player at times with some of his actions on the field, Smith knows that his quickness and aggressiveness are two things that the Falcon offensive line have to stop to give them a chance on Saturday:
They're going to penetrate and try and get in the backfield and they don't read a whole lot. When I say they don't read a whole lot, they're more about penetrating the gap and it's going to be crucial for us. One of the things that we must do is we're going to have to neutralize that penetration."
The Falcons play the Lions at Ford Field on Saturday night with kickoff scheduled for 8:30 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN with radio coverage provided by STAR 94.1 FM and 790 AM The Zone in Atlanta.