Julio Jones tries not to focus on Xavier Rhodes matchup

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Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes has had some success against Falcons receiver Julio Jones. Jones says he won’t be concerned about that when they line up to face each other on Sunday.

“[Xavier Rhodes] is a very confident guy,” Jones said Thursday, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We go out and hopefully we’ll get man-to-man. We’ll see. I don’t know how they are going to play me. They have a little tendency a little bit to cheat the safety to the star. But we’ll see Sunday.”

We’ve seen Rhodes handle Jones, relative to the ability of other defensive backs to slow Jones down, in the past.

“He’s a long guy,” Jones said of Rhodes. “He just tries to get his hands on you and jostle you around a little bit. That’s it. I’ve got to go play my game. I’m not really going to worry about Rhodes or think about Rhodes in this game.’

On Wednesday’s PFT Live, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan address a variety of topics, including the past success Rhodes has had against Jones. Why do I mention that? Well, we’d like you to spend a few minutes of your afternoon listening to what Jones had to say.

21 responses to “Julio Jones tries not to focus on Xavier Rhodes matchup

  1. This will be a good match up between Rhodes and Jones. But because I’m a Packers fan, I’ll be stuck watching a losing team trying to beat another losing team. A game of losers. For losers. Maybe I’ll sneak a peek at this Vikings-Falcons game.

  2. Lol Rhodes open? Pretty sure Rhodes has proven to be the better of the 2. I mean if you didnt watch the last 2 match ups you should go take a look at the tape because Rhodes had the upper hand in both games…..ignorant people crack me up lol

  3. 87hollywoodhorn says:

    both these teams are pretenders. saints and eagles could beat either of these teams in the playoffs on the road or at home
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    The Vikings have already soundly defeated the Saints. The Eagles have been feasting on the NFC East – no one else in the East has a winning record.

    I’m not saying that the Eagles are pretenders, but we don’t know that they are for real yet either.

  4. This match up between Rhodes and Jones is like the match up of the teams themselves.The Falcons are talented and seem to have things on track now. They are at home so this is a tough game for the Vikings. I look forward to this game on Sunday. It should be good.

  5. Whatever you say Julio.

    87hollywoodhorn says:

    November 30, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    both these teams are pretenders. saints and eagles could beat either of these teams in the playoffs on the road or at home

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    So it doesn’t matter the Vikings beat the Saints? Oh, and also the Vikings beat the Rams, who….JUST BEAT THE SAINTS! Think before you talk. Saints are a very good game, and any given Sunday but to say they will automatically win, is dumb because they didn’t automatically win already. The Eagles are very good, but their Strength of Schedule is a joke. Only good win was against Carolina. The Vikings have defeated Saints, Lions and Rams. All in the playoff hunt.

  6. trophylessvikings says:

    November 30, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    As a Viking fan, naturally my hopes are high for no reason. We got so lucky Rodgers got hurt or we would be scratching for a wild card again
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    2015 ring any bells?

  7. billtetley53 says:
    December 1, 2017 at 8:26 am
    2015 ring any bells?
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    Isn’t that the year the Vikings added to their all-time, unprecedented, and unsurpassed NFL record for one-and-done postseason appearances? Wasn’t that the Wide Left season?

  8. Stella don’t talk about recent playoff games please. Your packers either choked or were blown out. Julio Jones had 2 td’s and 288 yards on the “Nitro defense”. You had a 19-7 lead with 3:30 left in the 4th quarter and farted. 15-1 and lose at home in the first playoff game. Your teams pathetic one and done was historic. No other 15-1 lost their first playoff game.Fabio jogging after Larry Fitz while your season is going down the drain.

  9. Stella: The same season that the GB Rodgers couldn’t beat the Vikings at Lambeau for the Division title. Prior to the game Rodgers said that “this one is for all the marbles”. I’m sure that had the Vikings shaking.

    Get used to it though. At Erin’s age and an broken collar bone, the decline is right around the corner. You don’t like this season? Better get used to it because it will become the Packer’s new norm. You know it’s coming.

  10. stellarperformance says:

    December 1, 2017 at 10:51 am

    billtetley53 says:
    December 1, 2017 at 8:26 am
    2015 ring any bells?
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    Isn’t that the year the Vikings added to their all-time, unprecedented, and unsurpassed NFL record for one-and-done postseason appearances? Wasn’t that the Wide Left season?
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    Way to deflect from the original posters point- its ok, its what you do.

    I simply stated Minnesota is not ” fighting for wildcards” because of Rodgers.

    But since you want to bring up the 2015 playoffs… isn’t that the one where they choked in OT to the Cards?

    Youre posting is pitiful

  11. Rhodes had “some success”?? crack smoking again. check out the stats Jones had 2 catches for 26 yrs last time they played. That is called shut down folks

  12. The Packers and Lions best hope at making the wildcard rests with the Vikings beating Atlanta.

    SKOL VIKINGS

    This should be a really good game.

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