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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, Oct. 1

Things are big-time bad and they’re getting worse.

Cincinnati Bengals v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

I almost called in today. I had the text to my boss cued up, it was worded properly and it was believable — but I deleted it. I deserve to suffer this early morning, as do all of you. Another brutal, mind-bending loss where the Falcons drop 30+ points on an opponent at home and lose.

Let’s huddle together in support as we run through this morning’s edition of Falcoholinks.

That ain’t good

Matt Ryan has been masterful of late. He’s seeing the field well, he’s getting everyone involved in the passing game — and he’s losing. Yesterday marked the second straight week where the Atlanta offense eclipsed 30 points and still lost, and Matt Ryan became an ignominious recipient of a terrible record.

What a disaster. Save for the opening loss against Philadelphia, Matt Ryan has been magnificent. With the defense looking as putrid as it does, he’s going to have to perform at this level going forward if the Falcons want to win games. Hopefully the last two losses are the only spoiled efforts. I’m not so confident.

This is pretty damn good

While we’re talking statistical history, Calvin Ridley is making some of his own. With his two touchdown performance against the Bengals, Ridley became the first rookie in NFL history to record six touchdowns in his first four games.

The kid is very, very good, and he’s been the silver lining in gut-wrenching losses the past two weeks. If you’re ever having a garbage day, throw on the clip of Ridley toasting Cincinnati cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on a double move for a touchdown. Brilliance.

The Falcoholic Live Post-game

I admire Kevin Knight’s dedication. I didn’t want to talk to anyone about anything after this one, let alone discuss the game live on the internet. True hero.

Kevin was joined by DW and Adnan Ikic for a group therapy session in the wake of the loss to the Bengals. What are the expectations going forward? Are the Falcons still in contention in the NFC South? Give it a listen to hear the guys’ thoughts after what was a horrific loss at home.

Words are meaningless

We recently opined on what “The Brotherhood” would mean now that the Falcons are facing injury and adversity, and in a thoughtful piece, Dave argues against slogans and coach-speak and gets to the heart of the matter. While Dan Quinn preaches PMA, the fact remains that the Falcons are 1-3 and absent any meaningful adjustment on defense this team might be dead in the water.