Sunday’s shellacking at the hands of the Steelers was another low point in a season packed to the gills with them, but the coming match-up against the Buccaneers presents an opportunity to put one in the win column. Here’s Friday’s edition of Falcoholinks to get you ready for this weekend’s game.
Devonta ailing once more, unlikely to play Sunday
While it’s been a rough season for the entire Falcons team, it’s been downright miserable for Devonta Freeman individually. Injured for the majority of 2018, Devonta is again battling an injury to one of his extremities — this time, a contusion to his foot.
While the Falcons don’t anticipate it being a long-term injury, it’s still unlikely that he sees the field this week. That opens up more opportunities for rookie running back Ito Smith, who has filled the change-of-pace role admirably with Devonta on the shelf.
Stemming the Sunday Bleeding
The Falcons are handing out points to opposing teams like an Oprah Giveaway, and with the defense showing little sign of improvement it begs the question: Does Atlanta even have a chance to stop the Buccaneers on Sunday?
DQ is committed to sticking with his in-house personnel, and as Dave Choate notes, it will likely hinge on a rebound on offense and holding Tampa Bay under 30 points. Can that be done? Sure. Can that be done with this defense? Another question entirely.
Falcons fire sale on the horizon?
Sitting at 1-4 in the NFC is awful enough, sitting at 1-5 might just get Trader Thomas on the phone. The Falcons certainly have a number of players that could interest teams in the hunt, and our Cory Woodroof took a look at who may be on the block should the Falcons decide to offload talent in exchange for draft capital.
A fire sale is not something we’re used to around here of late, so we’re all in a bit of uncharted territory. But if things continue to spiral for these Atlanta Falcons, receiving recompense for a lost season is certainly something you have to consider.
The Falcoholic Live Ep. 55 - Misery Edition
As is the recent custom, The Falcoholic’s Kevin Knight and Eric Robinson melded their misery powers into one giant misery machine and put it in the form of a live podcast. Be sure to give this week’s episode a listen, preferably alone in a rocking chair in a dimly lit room, as they go over the Steelers loss and offered predictions for the Bucs game.
We may not like us at all right now, but at least Vegas does this week. The Falcons are field goal favorites at home, which I guess is the only subjective positive from this week. If you lose the title to your car gambling on the Falcons, don’t blame us.