|Why To Watch|
This game shapes up as a showdown between two of the top three teams vying for supremacy in the highly competitive NFC South. The Falcons enter Sunday's contest with some extra days of rest and preparation, following one of their most impressive all-around performances against the Lions last Thursday.
QB Michael Vick is playing the best football of his NFL career, but will be tested this week by a Carolina defense that also seems to be peaking. Atlanta's run defense has been a sore spot for most of the 2005 season, but the unit tightened up versus Detroit last week and will need to build on that momentum in order to keep RBs Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster under wraps.