While the Falcons got some good injury news with Tevin Coleman ready to go for Sunday, the Jets have a longer injury list.
That includes Muhammad Wilkerson, one of the most impactful interior players in the NFL, and certainly one of the best players left on the Jets. Without him, one of the shakier run defenses in the NFL is likely to be even shakier, which would give the Falcons a chance to dominate on the ground the way Dan Quinn is clearly hoping for.
Jets' star DL Muhammad Wilkerson didn't practice at all this week and is questionable. Didn't practice last week either and played.— Kevin Knight (@FalcoholicKevin) October 27, 2017
Skrine, Shell, Leggett OUT, Wilkerson questionable for ATL. Jets/Falcons FRI practice/game status reports: https://t.co/EjVRqSoRUK— Randy Lange (@rlangejets) October 27, 2017
While the prospect of not having to play against Wilkerson is a tantalizing one, the Falcons also are facing a Jets team down starting right tackle Brandon Shell and cornerback Buster Skrine. In theory, that should give the offense and the defense a bit of a boost, though I’ve learned by now not to put a ton of stock into that. The Falcons look healthy enough on paper that this really should be a good game, for a change, and one of the easier matchups left for this team. They have to take advantage.