The Falcons are coming to the end of this season, with a four game stretch against their weakest set of opponents all year. They’re still chasing a playoff spot, have a tiny NFC South lead thanks to a tiebreaker over the Buccaneers, and will need to overcome both recent struggles and injuries to the likes of Jake Matthews, Julio Jones, and Mohamed Sanu to make it through this stretch with the 2-3 wins they’ll likely need to push into the postseason.
Their first challenge will be the Rams. This is a team that has a semi-promising rookie quarterback, a highly-touted running back, and all the pieces you need to assemble at least a competent defense. For all that, they’ve been terrible most of this year, and after watching them play the last two weeks, I’d certainly anticipate an Atlanta win if they were at full strength and firing on all cylinders.
In the interest of full disclosure, I re-wrote this paragraph a few times, because I’ve had this down as a Falcons loss for a bit now, and they’re just depleted enough to give me pause in this one. Coming off a loss like they just suffered, seeing the Rams slide even further backward in recent weeks, and knowing the Falcons match up reasonably well against this Los Angeles team nearly everywhere was enough to make me change my mind, but I don’t feel as good about this one as I probably should.
Let’s go with the Falcons by a score of 27-24.
What say you?