The Falcons have dropped two consecutive home games against the AFC East, with the Bills and Dolphins triumphing in tight games in Weeks 4 and 6. Setting aside how ugly those losses were for a moment, the Falcons are going to need to have much better luck against the AFC coming up, and on the road.
Atlanta’s now got three consecutive road games, with matchups against the struggling Patriots, surprisingly game Jets, and the division-leading Panthers looming. To keep up with the division barring a total collapse by the Panthers, they’re going to need to go at least 2-1 in that stretch, and to do so they’re going to have to play a hell of a lot better than they did against the Panthers. All three of these teams have played well enough this year to upend Atlanta, which means the urgency that was missing post-bye week has to come to the fore in the here and now.
Honestly, I’m not sure this is the worst thing in the world. The Falcons are 2-0 on the road and 1-2 at home, with the new stadium not proving to be any kind of major advantage thus far in the young season. It’s not easy to win on the road, sure, but Atlanta’s shown themselves to be a tough team capable of keeping things close in every week but this one, and I’m still very bullish about their chances of pulling out of this particular spiral. But I’m betting on talent, not the production we’ve seen thus far, and to this point that has proven to be an uncertain proposition.
How do you have this team faring on the road?