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Steven Jackson, Sam Baker, Akeem Dent Out Monday Night for Atlanta Falcons

October 6th, 2013 at 4:45 PM
By Graham Waldrop

Atlanta's starting RB, LT, and MLB will be out tomorrow night against the New York Jets.  Missing Steven Jackson, Sam Baker and Akeem Dent will surely hurt the Falcons, particularly on offense, as the Jets have one of the toughest defenses in the league.

Rex Ryan's squad ranks number eight in passing yards allowed and number four in rushing yards allowed in the league.  

Granted, the only team they've played this year that's really been consistent is New England, but nevertheless, it's still impressive.  

On the other side, the loss of Dent will mean more playing time for Omar Gaither who filled in for Dent after he exited the game against New England last week.

This means the linebacker corps. will now start Joplo Bartu, Stephen Nicholas and Gaither.  This is a far cry from Dent, Sean Weatherspoon and Bartu.

It's still unknown whether or not Asante Samuel will play at this time.

This might be the best week this could happen for the Falcons.  While you want your best defensive players out there every week, the Jets offense has not been nearly as good as the defense with rookie quarterback Geno Smith still learning the playbook.

How the Falcons will adjust to these injuries will be put to the test in for what all intents and purposes is a do or die game for the 1-3 Atlanta Falcons.

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Tags: Akeem Dent, Atlanta, Atlanta Falcons, Football, Joplo Bartu, NFL, Sam Baker, Sean Weatherspoon, Stephen Nicholas, Steven Jackson

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