Fact: Matt Ryan’s Christmas tree decorates itself The 4-7 Falcons are riding high after an absolute drubbing of the Raiders last weekend. A lot of things will have to go right if they want to earn a playoff berth.
It’s safe to say SB Nation’s Saints site isn’t feeling like there’s much reason to respect the Falcons this week. The last time we ran this feature, our frenemies at Canal Street Chronicles predicted the Falcons would keep it close, but expressed confidence in Atlanta winning.
Fact: Grady Jarrett can crack a walnut with his pinkie toe The Falcons don’t have to win tomorrow. Even if the NFL expands its playoffs, the Falcons would likely need to win out and have some teams with better records go completely off the rails down the stretch in order to secure a playoff berth.
Chase Irle’s Prediction Two weeks ago against the Saints might be the most embarrassed I’ve been all year of this Falcons squad. They were coming off a bye in a must-win situation against their division rival, who was without their Hall-of-Fame quarterback and Pro-Bowl cornerback.
Can Atlanta avoid giving up 8 sacks yet again? If you’re coming into this game with little faith in the Falcons offense, you’re not alone. Despite the 43 points they put up against the Raiders, the offense still was not impressive.
A well-deserved honor for a man who drilled all 10 of his field goals for the month. In the month of November, Younghoe Koo drilled all 10 of his field goal attempts and all 8 of his extra point attempts, chipping in a special teams tackle.
Not even two weeks ago in New Orleans, the Saints beat the brakes off the Falcons in Taysom Hill‘s first start at quarterback. This week in Atlanta, the Falcons will look to spoil their rival’s playoff aspirations.
After profiling Mykal Walker’s excellence yesterday, I wanted to take a look at Atlanta’s linebacking corps as a whole. I’ve advocated for snagging a guy like Micah Parsons in the draft and moving to a 3-4 defense, and I think it’s an even better idea now with Atlanta’s woes at EDGE and the emergence of two late round picks next to Debo Jones.
Julio Jones has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Raiders, the Falcons announced. The wide receiver was forced out of last week’s game against the Saints with tightness in his left hamstring.