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Julio Jones (11) and Roddy White (84) are two of the NFL's most physical receivers.
Physical Falcons wideouts Julio Jones and Roddy White may be the NFL's most talented receiving duo, and Atlanta's future first-ballot Hall of Fame tight end, Tony Gonzalez, ain't half bad either.
With three dominant targets in the passing game, it is not difficult to understand why Matt "Matty Ice" Ryan is the league's highest-rated passer (114.0) three games into the season.
Jones and Gonzalez have scored three touchdowns apiece and White is 10th in the NFL with 244 receiving yards on 19 catches in three games.
Gonzalez (21 catches, 214 yards) will find himself in a mismatch nearly every time he lines up against a Panthers defensive back or linebacker with Thomas Davis being the only Carolina defender with a reasonable chance of covering him.
Jones and White also stack up well against Carolina's defensive backs.
Both players give Ryan big targets who can grab the ball in traffic, run well after the catch and burn defenders on the deep pass.
Chris Gamble has been solid, but not great, in coverage this season while the Panthers' other cornerback, rookie Josh Norman, has been repeatedly beaten by opposing receivers in the first three games.
Norman contributed to Giants' receiver Ramses Barden's breakout game (nine catches, 138 yards) in Week 3 and he is being battle-tested early and often this season by opposing quarterbacks.
Norman has the physical tools to be a great NFL cornerback, but without experience playing against high-level competition, the former Coastal Carolina Chanticleer has been attacked this season like a swollen eye in a prize fight, and Ryan will be sure to throw to his side of the field more often than not.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, their only other option at the position in Captain Munnerlyn, who experienced similar abuse from quarterbacks last season.
The Panthers' pass defense has particularly struggled on opening drives this season in which they have given up three 80-yard touchdown drives while allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 94.4 percent (17-of-18) of throws.
Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and head coach Ron Rivera will need to put all of their resources and experience to work in order to prevent the Falcons' aerial attack from turning the Georgia Dome into the landing strip at Hartsfield Airport on Sunday.
Otherwise, the Panthers' flight home will feel as long as a six-hour bus ride from Atlanta to Charlotte on I-85.