1. Lamar Holmes. With starting right tackle Mike Johnson going down with a season-ending injury earlier this week, the Falcons will take a long look at Holmes. The second-year pro wasn’t ready to contribute as a rookie, and there are no guarantees he’s ready to start now. But the Falcons will use this game as a gauge to see if they think Holmes has a shot or if they need to go outside and find a new right tackle.
2. Dominique Davis. Starting quarterback Matt Ryan is expected to play only briefly because the Falcons already know what he can do. But Davis is going to get a bunch of playing time. The Falcons have held off on bringing in a veteran backup because they think Davis has great potential. A solid showing by Davis could cement his role as the backup.
3. Rookie cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford against Cincinnati receivers A.J. Green and Mohamed Sanu. Trufant and Alford have been taking their lumps from Roddy White and Julio Jones in practices, so it might be refreshing to go against some other receivers. Green and Sanu will provide a good test on how quickly Trufant and Alford are progressing.