Hope can be problematic for football fans, who tend to either want to see good times rolling or their favorite team hitting rock bottom so they can rebound more quickly. Occupying the middle ground is uncomfortable, and for fans of the Atlanta Falcons, deeply bewildering.
A win against the Arizona Cardinals would put the Falcons at 5-7, still somehow in striking distance of the playoffs despite the wobbly season thus far. A loss would ensure that Atlanta won't wind up with a losing season and potentially put them firmly behind the Saints, with a tough stretch of the schedule looming. It's hard to say this is a critical game, given how many of us have stopped thinking this team has another gear it could engage even if it did make the playoffs, but it is one that should give us a better idea of the team's fortunes going forward.
As always, use this as your open thread and root your little hearts out for this team, even if you only kind of mean it.
Falcons vs. Cardinals Game Info
Game time: Sunday, November 30th, 4:05 p.m. EST
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
TV Channel: FOX
Radio: 92.9 the Game and 790 the Zone
Prediction: Falcons win by 3
The Competition: Revenge of the Birds
Series Record: 16-12 in favor of the Cardinals.