The Atlanta Falcons need a lot to go right to win against the Minnesota Vikings. Those things will need to go right without a number of important starters. Dan Quinn updated the press about some injured players, and he ruled out three important players.
Per the Falcoholic's Jeanna Thomas.
Hank, Freeman, Bryant out as expected.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) November 27, 2015
All three will be hard to replace. Devonta Freeman is having a Pro Bowl-caliber year, but was not expected to play after suffering a concussion against the Indianapolis Colts. Atlanta's backup running back sounds like he is getting prepared.
Coleman is preparing to start Sunday. Quinn stressed how valuable those extra practice reps are.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) November 27, 2015
We have been waiting for Tevin Coleman to have a breakout game this season. He has looked pretty good for a rookie, but is not near Freeman's level. He is a pretty clear downgrade, and Freeman's loss will put more emphasis on Atlanta to get their passing game back on track. That will also be a problem, as Kyle Shanahan's offense has looked really bad without WR Leonard Hankerson.
After the Falcons signed Shayne Graham yesterday, Matt Bryant was not expected to play on Sunday. Graham is another clear downgrade, and will really need the passing game to get back on track. If the Falcons need to make field goals to win against the Vikings, Falcons fans are going to have a bad day.