Today, the subject is the Atlanta Falcons.
Biggest Strength: Linebackers
This is a pretty close call. I'm going to say linebacker, but it barely edged running back.
Curtis Lofton may not be as good as NFC South foe Jon Beason, but the separation is not that far apart. He really is solid against the run. He knows how to hit runners back in the backfield, and will continue to develop.
Sean Weatherspoon was a really solid pick at number 19. He's a tad undersized, but still gets the job done. Weatherspoon covers an obscene amount of ground, and from what I've seen, he's pretty instinctive.
Mike Peterson is a linebacker that knows how to lay you flat on your ass. Look at what he did to the Falcons-Defense-Highlight-WK-01-vs-Dolphins-2009" target="_blank">Miami Dolphins tight end . His change of direction is great for a 34-year-old linebacker. He's not a terrific tackler, so that's a bit of a concern.
Nicholas is a solid backup, as is Atkins.
Other Strengths: QB, RB, LT, TE
Biggest Weakness: Defensive end
Let's just say this looks as bad as Heidi Montag's fake breasts.
Jamaal Anderson has a mind boggling 2.5 sacks in three seasons. He's a bust, and we know that for sure. If he doesn't improve that sack total this season, I'll be willing to bet he's out of the league next year.
Anderson is a one trick pony rushing the passer, and he's not great in run support.
Manning (yeah, you wish he was on your team) the other defensive end spot will be John Abraham. Abraham was fantastic, amazing, etc. in 2008. But he just couldn't get the job done last season, ending up with a measly five sacks.
Maybe age caught up with him, or it could've been double teams getting the best of him. Make no mistake, he is the only proven pass rusher they have, so he needs to be better in 2010.
Other Weaknesses: G, K, DT, and CB
This is number two of a 32 part series where I examine the biggest strength and weakness of every NFL team .