Heinz Field | Sunday, September 12 | 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: Falcons 27, Steelers 13
205 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INTNot exactly a cupcake matchup for Ryan, but if the Steelers are successful in stopping the run, he'll be forced to air it out. The Steelers are never a tough team to throw on, and a healthy Troy Polamalu won't make it any easier.
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TDTough Week 1 matchup for him. He'll get alot of carries, but the Steelers now have a healthy Troy Polamalu and a chip on their shoulder, and will put all of their effort into stuffing the run. Could be a long day for Turner.
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 10 rush yardsWon't see many snaps as long as Turner is healthy.
5 rec, 80 yards, 1 TDWhite is a model of consistency and Matt Ryan's favorite target. He is a good bet to find the endzone this week, regardless of Pittsburgh's stout defense.
3 rec, 30 yardsHe's their No. 2 reciever by default, but did absolutely nothing last season. There's no reason to expect production from him against the Steelers.
2 rec, 25 yardsNot a good week to start him, but this season he should push Michael Jenkins for the #2 reciever role.
5 rec, 50 yards, 1 TDHad an off season in 2009, but for him that still meant over 800 yards and six TDs. He will get a bunch of looks from Matt Ryan, and is a solid start every week.
3 PATs, 2 FGsPittsburgh's QB situation may create some turnovers for Atlanta and some chances for Bryant.
5 sacks, 3 INT, 2 FumblesA pretty good start this week. They have a strong rush defense and have the benefit of playing a Steelers team without Ben Roethlisberger. Dennis Dixon will likely make some mistakes, and Atlanta should capitalize on them.
180 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 25 rush yards, 3 INTPlayed well at times during the preseason, but he would still be the team's third quarterback if not for extenuating circumstances. Probably best to stay away for now.
2 rec, 25 rec yards, 65 rush yardsMendenhall should see plenty of touches in Week 1, but expect the Falcons to key on the run and force Dennis Dixon to beat them through the air.
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 10 rush yardsCould see a few more carries with the passing game in need of a lot of help. Make no mistake though, Rashard Mendenhall is the workhorse.
5 rec, 70 yardsStill one of the toughest in the league, but far from a deep threat. He'll see a lot of targets and not a lot of production.
2 rec, 30 yardsThis week we'll get a look at what Wallace can do in the starting role. Atlanta's corners are not scary, so Wallace should be able to rack up some decent yardage in the opener.
4 rec, 45 yards, 1 TDHe'd be a great fantasy option against the Falcons if only he had Ben Roethlisberger throwing to him this week.
1 PAT, 2 FGsAttempted 41 field goals a year ago, making 87.1 percent. He'll have less opportunities if the offense takes a step back, however.
3 sacks, 1 INT, 0 Fumbles, 0 TDThe Steelers get a good warmup against a middle-of-the-pack offense.