While I’m predicting a victory over the Jets, this is far from a bounce back game. In the preseason, I had marked this game as a “Schaub in the fourth quarter” kind of game, but now I’m not sure we’ll ever see that in 2017. To be honest, I don’t really feel great about this prediction either. The Falcons really need to end this three game slide and get their offense going again. If they’re going to do it, it really needs to be in this game. If they can’t, hopes for this season will slide quickly into the dark abyss.
Falcons 24 - Jets 17
This game is likely to be ugly, with weather conditions quickly deteriorating. That may work to force the Falcons into running the ball a ton on offense, which I hope will prove to be effective against a Jets defense that has struggled in that area in 2017. Hopefully, the addition of Ahtyba Rubin can help the Falcons defense play a little better against the Jets RB committee of Forte, Powell, and McGuire. Atlanta needs this win, but it might be an unpleasant performance.
Falcons 12 - Jets 10
I have no idea what to expect out of this team anymore, except disappointment. They really should win this game, but will probably do it in an uninspiring fashion that doesn’t make you feel better about the season. A super narrow win in a low scoring game against a bad team fits that bill.
Falcons 24 - Jets 20
It should be sloppy and largely miserable to watch, but I think both offenses will be able to put 20 on the board on the backs of strong ground games. I didn’t put together a stats prediction last night because it seemed extremely futile to even try a week after the Falcons only put seven on the board, but I have to believe Atlanta can pull out this winnable game on the strength of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman’s days, and so I’ll go ahead and predict the weather and matchup carries them to a narrow victory.