Facing Atlanta’s high-powered offense will put the Patriots’ defense to the test on Sunday night.
The Patriots will look to Jerod Mayo, who is second in the NFL in tackles, to lead the defense in a hostile environment.
Mayo sat down with Tom E. Curran on Quick Slants to discuss what the Patriots will have to do to beat Atlanta in the Georgia Dome.
“It’s always tough playing on the road,” Mayo said. “But anytime you get into a dome you have to take into account the noise factor first of all, on both sides of the ball. Even when their offense is on the field sometimes fans don’t really know when to cheer and they will be loud when we are out there. So, communication is going to be huge.”
Even though most are looking at Atlanta’s wide receivers to have a big impact Sunday, Mayo discussed why the Patriots can’t overlook the Falcons’ running backs.
“[Jacquizz] Rodgers is a smaller guy, good feet, great quickness, can really make a lot of people miss,” Mayo said. “[Jason] Snelling is a guy who is great in blitz pickup and can also catch the screens out of the backfield and gets downhill fast.”