The defense had a porous outing against Detroit. They will attempt to rebound against the Rams, who are trying to establish a run-first mentality.
Rookie roll call
Look for some of the rookies early in the game. Cornerback Christopher Owens and defensive tackles Vance Walker and Peria Jerry will get plenty of action.
Davis over Anderson?
The defensive end rotation is getting interesting. The defensive brain trust might be ready to turn to Chauncey Davis over Jamaal Anderson.
In the zone
The Falcons have spent a lot of time working on their red-zone offense. If they get inside the 20, it will be interesting to see if they score touchdowns instead of field goals.
Falcons vs. Rams
8 p.m., Friday
Where: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis
TV; radio: WXIA; 97.9