A rising star and a former league MVP will match wits this Sunday in London. A week after winning his first NFL game, Jets quarterback Zach Wilson will look try to lift New York to its second straight win. 2016 league MVP Matt Ryan is also looking to lead his team to win No. 2 after Atlanta suffered a four-point loss to Washington last Sunday.
Sunday will mark the Falcons' first international game since 2014, when they fell to the Lions by one point in London. Atlanta is 1-1 in regular season international games. The Jets are 2-0 in international regular season games, with their last international game being a 27-14 win over the Dolphins inside Wembley Stadium in 2015.
We'll breakdown Sunday's game as well as offer a prediction. But first, here's how you can follow the action in real time.
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Sans their Week 3 performance against the Giants, the Falcons' defense has struggled to stop opposing offenses. The unit is currently last in the NFL in scoring, 30th in touchdown passes allowed, 21st in third down efficiency and 22nd in red zone efficiency. The Falcons' defense has forced just two turnovers and has yet to record an interception. These numbers should bode well for Wilson, whose offense is also last in the NFL in scoring through four games. Wilson will have to find a way to extend more drives, as the Jets are currently 25th in the league in third-down efficiency.
Wilson and the Jets would be wise to get their running game going early against a Falcons defense that has allowed an average of over 119 rushing yards per game. Rookie Michael Carter -- who scored his first NFL touchdown in last week's win over Tennessee -- could receive the bulk of the Jets' carries on Sunday. Look for Wilson to look early and often to wideout Corey Davis, who currently has over 100 more receiving yards than the Jets second-leading receiver. If the Falcons' defense tries to take Davis away, expect more targets from Wilson to Braxton Berrios and Keelan Cole.
New York's defense has made impressive strides under first year head coach Robert Saleh. The unit is currently 14th in the NFL in scoring, 12th in passing, third in third-down efficiency and fourth in red-zone efficiency. The unit also has 13 sacks, led by defensive tackle Quinnen Williams' 3.5 sacks. Look for the Falcons to exploit the Jets' run defense, which allowed 177 yards in last week's win over the Titans. Mike Davis and Cordarrelle Patterson enter Sunday's game with a combined 270 yards on the ground.
Fans should expect to see a decent amount of throws from Ryan, who is averaging just under 40 pass attempts per game. Ryan is coming off of his best performance of the season thus far, as he threw for four touchdowns (with no interceptions) against Washington. He completed at least four passes to four different receivers which included seven completions to Calvin Ridley and four to rookie tight end Kyle Pitts.
The Jets' defense gives them a sizable edge in this matchup. If they can put pressure on Ryan while forcing him to throw some 50/50 balls, the Jets are more than capable of winning their second straight game. The onus will also be on Wilson to take care of the ball while making enough plays to complement his defense.
Score: Jets 23, Falcons 20