Jaguars vs. Falcons Thursday Night Football: Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons Offense Continue to Be Explosive at Home
The Georgia Dome is one of the toughest environments in the NFL to play in, and the Falcons are 24-4 there when QB Matt Ryan is under center.
Viewers who tuned in to tonight’s Thursday Night Football affair witnessed why that is the case, as Atlanta jumped out to a 41-0 lead over Jacksonville midway through the third quarter. The Falcons moved the football at will with balance on offense, running RB Michael Turner in between the tackles and targeting WR Roddy White in the passing game.
Roddy White currently has nine catches for 132 yards (two touchdowns), heading into the fourth quarter. The Jaguars have been rolling coverage over to both him and TE Tony Gonzalez, but it hasn’t helped matters. White is killing the Jacksonville defensive backs and getting separation with crossing routes and go routes.
So that presents the question, if you were a head coach or general manager, which wide receiver would you rather have on your team for the next five years: Roddy White or Mike Wallace?
It’s a tough question, as both wide receivers are dynamic, big-play threats that can make plays even when drawing coverage. Both possess great burst speed and can run vertical routes as well as any receiver in the NFL.
I’d rather have Roddy White, who is the more versatile of the two. He’s the better route runner and his versatility allows him to come up big on short routes on third down, as well as hit defenses over the top for the big play. He is both a possession and deep-threat receiver, the best of both worlds.
Opposing defensive coordinators scheme as best they can to try to take away the Falcons plethora of offensive weapons. But on nights like tonight when the team is clicking, they're very tough to stop.
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