Andy Benoit: “You need to have LB's and safeties that can cover"

Jeff Benedict
September 11, 2018 - 11:43 pm

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NFL Columnist for SI and MMQB Andy Benoit joins Jeff Benedict and talks about the injuries the Falcons have endured early this season, it's impact on the defense, and who they will try to use to replace Keanu Neal and Deion Jones adding “You need to have linebackers and safeties that can cover and that's what keeps a lot of teams out of man-to-man, Jones was the guy who guarded running backs, Neal took the tight ends."

Andy looks at Damontae Kazee receiving added playing time, what he saw as the Falcons red zone issues against the Eagles, and the offensive line effectiveness explaining “they need that outside zone game to work, that's where their play action comes from, their running game, that's the definition of it, their line is built for it, they're pretty mobile and athletic especially at center and left tackle, they've gotta be better there.”

Andy closes by discussing the NFC South overall after Week 1, and which team he's keeping the closest eye on​ specifying that “Baltimore's D line dominated Buffalo's O Line more than I've ever seen a team dominate another. They were creative offensively in that game, looked like a totally different team. That's a formidable opponent for the Steelers in the AFC North."