Sunday is a big game. The Atlanta Falcons square off with the surging Minnesota Vikings, and desperately need a win to hang with the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers. We assumed the team would sign a corner for depth, but so far, it looks like they did not even workout a single defensive back.
It would be almost crazy for the team to expect Desmond Trufant back on Sunday after suffering a concussion. Players rarely play the week following a concussion, and it would be a bad bet Trufant would be one of these exceptions. They have to move on as if he will be gone on Sunday.
What does this mean? Expect to see more of Ricardo Allen at corner in nickel and dime packages with Damontae Kazee at safety, and C.J. Goodwin manning the outside. This is also an interesting time to remember that Blidi Wreh-Wilson is still on the team, likely for emergency situations like Sunday.
This will be a very interesting matchup. The Falcons’ secondary will be downgraded pretty significantly. Case Keenum has been lighting up defenses with the help of Adam Thielen (who?). His success has come at the expense of Stefon Diggs, who went from breakout player to secondary receiver. There’s some theoretical talent after that with Michael Floyd, Laquon Treadwell, and Jarius Wright, but all three have only 355 receiving yards combined this year.
Basically, Atlanta’s depth is unlikely to be tested. This may be a good week for Robert Alford to shadow Thielen, and hope the rest of the secondary can hold. Dan Quinn obviously thinks it can do enough to win.