The Atlanta Falcons come off their biggest win in the Mike Smith era after a victory against the defending Super Bowl Champs in the New Orleans Saints. Although most will say that it's just one win, and an early win at that, I would counter that the confidence that win produces goes a long way toward the Falcons goals this year.
Matt Ryan has done an exceptional job looking more like the 08 version than the one that took a step sideways in 09. He is averaging 235 yards a game passing with five touchdown passes and one interception.
More telling is how impressive the Falcon offense has been thus far, and that there is still room for improvement so far.
Michael Turner has not yet hit his stride, and Roddy White is slowly but surely losing his under the radar status as an elite receiver with 25 catches for 258 yards and two touchdowns through three games.
A term that's thrown around quite a bit when talking about offense and football, is exactly what is most impressive part of this offense so far is their ability to "stay on schedule" Winning on first and second down is exactly what this team has brought to the table and delivering in spades.
The Falcon defense has been impressive despite the 339 yards allowed per game, they have allowed only 15.7 points a game and without a handful of big plays, this team's defense is a unit on the rise. The pass rush, which appeared to be an issue in the offseason has seven sacks thus far and numerous QB pressures.
This game shouldn't be a pushover, as this 49ers team is down but not out. They are a talented group and always seems to rise to the occasion. Last year they played the Colts and Vikings very close, and faced the Saints in a MNF game the week before the Falcons beat them.
Here now are 5 vital keys to a Falcon Victory and continuing the march toward the playoffs in 2010.