I've predicted blowout wins. I've predicted close wins. I've predicted high scores, low scores, silly scores. None of it has worked. I'm going with one better this time: a tie! That's right, a tie. Because you know what, this team hasn't shown me it can do diddly against even the worst of teams. All that said, I will not predict a loss here, but I will not predict a win. That way...everyone wins! Or ties...or...something.
(On a serious note, wouldn't you rather have Andrew "Turnover Machine" Luck instead of Matt "Undefeated" Hasselbeck on Sunday?)
Matt "Hew" Chambers
Falcons 17 - Colts 16
I have finally learned my lesson and am no longer predicting blowout wins for Atlanta. The Colts are struggling and they are missing their starting quarterback, while the Falcons are entirely healthy and coming off of a bye week. Atlanta should win by 40 points, but this coaching staff will need to make some big changes to prevent this from being a close win, or even another loss.
Falcons 21 - Colts 20
Like Matt, I'm done with predicting big victories for the Falcons until they can show some consistency from week to week. I do think being at home will help, and the bye week should be beneficial as well - but this is a team that I just can't get a beat on. The Colts are a struggling team without their franchise QB, so this should be a win, I'm just unsure of what to expect anymore.
Falcons 27 - Colts 17
I'm just about as disappointed in the last several weeks as anyone else, but I truly believe they can finally get back on track against Matt Hasselbeck and the Indianapolis Colts. Yeah, I know we all thought that two weeks ago, but predicting a loss here still seems silly given that the Falcons had an extra week to prepare for a home game. We might not get the absolutely dominant performance we want, but if we can keep the turnovers down and the urgency up, we can retain a sort of relevancy in the NFC South race.
Falcons 24 - Colts 20
With several key players returning from injury, Atlanta simply has to play better. William Moore, Robert Alford, Leonard Hankerson, and Justin Durant should be massive upgrades. Moore's overall presence and play as a in-box safety can't be replicated by Kemal Ishmael. Hankerson will stretch the field for an offense that desperately needs a wide receiver to compliment Julio Jones. Alford and Durant will be heavily depended on as well. Matt Hasselbeck will look to get T.Y Hilton and both tight ends involved within their quick-passing game plan. This will be a difficult test with the Colts starting to play slightly better. Atlanta should be able to hold on with their defense getting enough stops and the offensive line opening enough holes for Devonta Freeman.
Falcons 27 - Colts 24
I expect this to be an ugly, occasionally infuriating game where the Falcons make some of the errors we've grown to loathe over the last month. I also expect it to be a game they win, thanks to an improved passing game, a real pass rush (at least for one game against immobile Matt Hasselbeck), and Devonta Freeman feasting on the hearts of the living. Let's hope.
Falcons 31 - Colts 13
It seems like Atlanta won every time I predicted the above score, so I'm going back to what worked earlier in the season. Trust me on this — oh, and Roddy White scores a touchdown.