Hot seat: Deion Jones is key to Falcons slowing Raiders

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones (45) lines up during the first half against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons won 34-27. (Danny Karnik/AP)
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones (45) lines up during the first half against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons won 34-27. (Danny Karnik/AP)

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Falcons linebacker Deion Jones has another difficult task.

After chasing around Saints running back Alvin Kamara last week, Jones has another major challenge in Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, and Jones will be on the hot seat for the game between the Falcons and the Raiders at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Jacobs, who played at Alabama, has rushed for 755 yards on 199 carries and has nine rushing touchdowns. He’s caught 24 passes for 158 yards.

“He’s physical,” Falcons interim coach Raheem Morris said. “He’s a violent runner. He has movement. He is what I know Jon Gruden refers to as a Joker back, (which means) he can get out of the backfield and make plays. He is a dynamic football player.”

Jones is third on team with 63 tackles. He also leads the Falcons in sacks with 3.5, has seven tackles for losses and eight quarterback hits.

The Raiders are averaging 134.2 yards rushing per game, which ranks seventh in the NFL.

Falcons’ next four games

Raiders at Falcons at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29

Saints at Falcons at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6

Falcons at Chargers at 4:25 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13

Buccaneers at Falcons at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 20

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