The Atlanta Falcons expect wide receiver Roddy White to play against the New York Giants as they look to move one step closer to locking up home field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs. While he has been questionable throughout this past week of practice with a knee injury, the team expects him to play his usual number of snaps without limitations on Sunday.
The Falcons are going to need every possible weapon on offense against the Giants, who seemed to have awoken after last week’s home blowout win over the New Orleans Saints. With the Falcons struggling, especially on offense, White will have to come up with a big game in order to help Atlanta get back on track.
That is the expectation of Falcons’ head coach Mike Smith, who told ESPN that White “looks good” to play on Sunday. At 11-2, the Falcons have still not yet wrapped up home field advantage, although a win against the Giants would go a long way in helping them do so, especially if the San Francisco 49ers lose to the New England Patriots on Sunday night. Having the Chicago Bears cool off the suddenly streaking Green Bay Packers would also help their cause.
For the season, White has 77 receptions for 1,140 yards and 5 touchdowns. His numbers have been a bit down with the emergence of Julio Jones and the recent struggles of Matt Ryan, but White is still an integral part to Atlanta’s offense, and will be relied upon as normal today at home when the Dirty Birds look to avenge last year’s playoff embarrassment against the G-Men.