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Looking ahead to Lions' next opponent: Atlanta Falcons

A look at the Atlanta Falcons, which will play the Detroit Lions in London in Week 8 of the season.

Kevin C. Cox

Next up for the Detroit Lions is a game against the Atlanta Falcons in London. Here's an early look at the Falcons:

Atlanta Falcons (2-5)

Schedule so far

Week 1 - vs. Saints - won, 37-34 (OT)
Week 2 - at Bengals - lost, 24-10
Week 3 - vs. Buccaneers - won, 56-14
Week 4 - at Vikings - lost, 41-28
Week 5 - at Giants - lost, 30-20
Week 6 - vs. Bears - lost, 27-13
Week 7 - at Ravens - lost, 29-7

Reason for optimism

There are many reasons to be optimistic about this game. For starters, the Falcons have lost four games in a row, and their only two wins this year have come against divisional opponents at home. The Falcons haven't even come close to winning away from home, and they actually lost by two touchdowns when the Bears came to Atlanta earlier this month.

To make matters worse for the Falcons, they are extremely banged up on their offensive line, and the matchup in the trenches heavily favors the Lions defense:

To put it bluntly, the Falcons are an absolute mess right now.

Reason for pessimism

Matt Ryan has put up some pretty good numbers this season, and the Lions' preparation this week is obviously going to be a bit different with the game in London. Practicing at a high level and getting over the time difference could be tough, especially with the game kicking off at 9:30 a.m. ET. The main thing for the Lions is to stay focused and remember that the point of this trip is to beat the Falcons.

Storyline to watch

There are really two main storylines for this game. The obvious one is the fact that the Lions are playing in London. This is a unique experience for the players and coaches, and it will be interesting to watch a Lions game live on a Sunday morning.

The other main storyline is that the Lions have a golden opportunity to improve to 6-2 going into their bye week. With the Green Bay Packers playing so well right now, the Lions can't afford to lose games that are so winnable, and based on what the Falcons have done as of late, this is certainly a game Detroit should win.

Additional info

For more on the Falcons, check out The Falcoholic.

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