The return of Gronkowski (forearm, back) and Amendola (groin) would go a long way in curing those woes and both were practicing this week, albeit on a limited basis.
Until then Belichick will continue to ride a defense which has allowed just 34 points overall or 11.3 per game, second in the NFL behind the Seahawks' 9.0 points allowed.
New England is one of just 10 teams to hold its first three opponents under 1,000 yards and is allowing only 188.3 yards per game through the air. The unit has also proven adept at taking the football away, ranking second in the AFC in turnovers.
Ryan, though, is a huge upgrade in competition from the first three QBs the Pays have faced: rookies E.J. Manuel and Geno Smith along with the recently benched Josh Freeman.
"Preparing for Atlanta is different than preparing for anybody else," Belichick said. "(Ryan is) very good. He does a good job with his pre-snap reads, he uses all of his weapons -- running backs, tight ends, receivers. I wouldn't say he's a big scrambler, but he can run and he can hurt you scrambling if you give him the opportunity so you have to be cognizant of that. But he doesn't have many bad plays, he has a lot of good ones. He's a real good quarterback."
Ryan's favorite target, Jones, leads the NFL with 373 receiving yards but Roddy White, the team's other elite receiver, needs to get more involved. White, who has been struggling with an ankle issue, has just seven catches for 56 yards on the year.
"We've got to do a lot more on offense," White said. "In the red zone, score touchdowns not kick field goals. We've got to find a way to find the end zone."
Jackson remains out in the backfield, leaving things for Rodgers and Snelling.
"It looks like whichever back is in there is productive," Belichick said. "Snelling did a real good job for them. Rodgers is an excellent runner and he's good in the passing game too. They've got good depth at that position."
Smith is 34-7 as the Falcons' head coach at the Georgia Dome since taking over in 2008. Perhaps even more impressively Atlanta has gone 22-3 following a loss in Smith's tenure and the team hasn't dropped back-to-back encounters since falling to Philadelphia and New Orleans in consecutive weeks in 2009.
Look for the far more desperate team to get it done here.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Falcons 23, Patriots 17