Thursday kicks off a big weekend for football at the Georgia Dome. Just in case you’ve been hiding under a rock or in a coma for the past week, all eyes will be on the Falcons and the Georgia Bulldogs as they both try to make statements that they are championship contenders.
First up are the Falcons as they take on their biggest rival the New Orleans Saints in a prime time match up on the NFL Network. This game is huge because the Falcons get a chance to avenge their only loss of the season. The Saints want to prove that they are relevant themselves and have a good chance of making the playoffs.
I expect the game to be physical. It’s going to be a dogfight with lots of penalties. The team with the least turnovers will more than likely win the game.
The running game is going to be crucial in this matchup. I look for the Falcons to use more of Jacquizz Rodgers, who has quickly made a name for himself in the Falcons offense as Michael Turner continues to struggle.
In the end it will be a high-scoring game in which I predict the Falcons to win by a touchdown.
The second big game the Georgia Dome will host this weekend will be the SEC Championship. On Saturday afternoon the Alabama Crimson Tide will face off against the Georgia Bulldogs for a one-way trip to the BCS title game.
This game is big for No. 3 Georgia as they lay their whole season on the line. This year marks the highest the program has been ranked since the days of Herschel Walker and Vince Dooley back in 1980 when the Dawgs won the national title. Although this game isn’t the national title, it has the stigma of one.
Both teams are hungry and I expect nothing less than a slugfest. For Georgia to win quarterback Aaron Murray must take the leadership role. In the past, Murray’s performance in big games have been lackluster, so a win on Saturday would silence the naysayers.
But standing in Murray’s way is the Alabama defense that is the top ranked defense in the country. Murray must emulate what Texas A&M did to defeat the defending national champions.
Whoever has the better defense between the two will win the game. I think that unless Georgia can stop the rushing attack of Alabama, the Crimson Tide will win the game.
Nevertheless, this matchup will be a close game that goes down to the wire.