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Updated Nov 15, 2012 - 5:23 pm

ESPN analyst: Falcons not insurmountable foe for Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) reacts after being sacked in the first half an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

The Atlanta Falcons are 8-1 on the season.

The Arizona Cardinals are 4-5.

The Falcons won eight straight before falling in a close battle to the New Orleans Saints last week.

The Cardinals have lost five straight, having been beaten by the St. Louis Rams and Buffalo Bills, among others.

Oh, and Arizona has not won a game in Atlanta since 1993.

Yet, ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski believes that while the Falcons are good, the Cardinals can come out of this game on top.

"They're a very good football team, there is no doubt of that, but they are not an unbeatable football team," the analyst told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Thursday.

Jaworski notes how the Falcons have some playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, especially with quarterback Matt Ryan, receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones and tight end Tony Gonzalez.

"But I think if you can match up in a physical-style of game, I still believe they're designed for the finesse game on both sides of the football," he said.

So, the analyst said the key to beating the Falcons will be pushing them around, playing a physical game. Playing a finesse style, he said, will allow the Falcons to "run you out of the stadium."

Jaworski believes the Cardinals could attack the Falcons down the field with tight end Rob Housler. It makes sense, especially since Saints tight end Jimmy Graham torched the team for 146 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches last week.

However, that would mean the Cardinals offense does something it hasn't in nearly two months: be effective.


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