Jones is a big-play threat and had 76 yards on seven catches versus the Saints, while Douglas had a big 50-yard reception. It was his longest catch since a 69-yarder as a rookie in 2008.
Even at 37 years old, Gonzalez remains one of the top tight ends in the game and he made three catches last weekend to extend his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 196.
The Falcons certainly know how effective tight ends can be, so they'll make sure to shut down Cook, who is coming off his first multi-touchdown game. His 141 receiving yards also were the second-highest for Cook in a game.
"That's why he's here," said Fisher. "We've got an accurate passer that can find him and he can make plays with the ball. He's outstanding."
Smith certainly took notice, saying "I know Jared Cook is a very good tight end and will create match up issues for anyone they play."
With cornerback Asante Samuel inactive due to a thigh injury, rookie Robert Alford grabbed an interception in his debut, also knocking down a pair of passes for the Falcons.
The Falcons have shown great resiliency following a loss under Smith, having gone 20-3 in games following a defeat since 2008. That includes a 12-game winning streak in such scenarios.
There is no reason to think that trend won't continue in the Falcons' home opener, always a tough venue for opposing teams. Mix in a motivated Jackson and the Rams are in for a long game.
"I'd be lying to say I don't want to get the win, of course I want to get the win, but I have to come out there and just remain in the zone, in my focus and not get too up," said Jackson.
The Rams' excellent pass rush could keep this game close given Atlanta's struggles to protect Ryan last week, but it won't be enough to see the Falcons suffer consecutive losses for the first time since 2009.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Falcons 31, Rams 20