On deck for Bengals: Week 2 vs. Falcons

CINCINNATI -- It's about that time of week when we start turning the corner from the Cincinnati Bengals game just played and toward the one that is on the horizon.

The Ravens are now in the rearview.

On deck: The Atlanta Falcons



How they got there

A 52-yard field goal booted by Matt Bryant pushed the Falcons over the Saints last weekend in Atlanta. The overtime make capped a wild, high-scoring affair that saw the teams combine for 71 points (37-34 final).

Key players

QB Matt Ryan. "Matty Ice" was an efficient 31-for-43 on Sunday. He threw for 448 yards and had three touchdown passes. He was sacked once. His QBR was a blistering 91.9.

WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White. Now that they're both healthy, these two come as a package deal. They combined for 12 catches on 188 yards and a touchdown. With veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez now retired, the pair ought to be key in Atlanta's passing game this year.

LB Paul Worrilow. The Falcons' equivalent of Vontaze Burfict, Worrilow was a rookie undrafted free agent last year who gave Atlanta meaningful minutes. He had 127 tackles last year and led the team in tackles last weekend with 15.

Falcons' base defensive scheme


Series history

Bengals lead 7-5 overall, and have a 4-2 advantage as the home team. The Falcons have won the last three series meetings, including the 2006 and 2010 meetings that Marvin Lewis coached for the Bengals.

Bengals' regular-season home streak

Cincinnati is hoping to tie its regular-season home winning streak record. Dating back to 2012, the Bengals have won nine consecutive games at Paul Brown Stadium. They would tie a mark set in 1988-89 if they beat the Falcons to get their 10th straight.

Week 1 stat to consider

Since they were drafted in the first six picks in 2011, Bengals receiver A.J. Green and Jones have had some comparable stats. It must be noted that Green has been healthier, appearing in 48 career games compared to Jones' 35. Since their draft, Green has 80.9 receiving yards per game while Jones has 83.1 receiving yards per game. Green has 14.8 yards per reception and Jones has 15.4.

Who to follow

You'll want to be sure to follow my ESPN.com colleague Vaughn McClure on the Falcons blog and also on Twitter @vxmcclure23 for all things Falcons this week. You'll learn much more from Vaughn later this week in our doubly covered game preview. Other good follows include the Atlanta Journal Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) and the Falcons' digital content manager, Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams). As a former Atlanta-area media member, I know the latter two well.