Alright, folks, it’s Tuesday. It’s early, and the Atlanta Falcons are working to get back on the winning train after faltering for the last two weeks.
So, what awaits you in this edition of Falcoholinks? Let’s take a gander, shall we?
Grady, Please Be Okay
Well, it looks like DT Grady Jarrett has a sprained ankle.
He hurt it sometime during the Bengals game and got it wrapped up. Though, he must’ve aggravated it again, as the ankle got hurt again and caused him to miss the pivotal final drive where Cincinnati scored and won the game.
Dan Quinn let us know what’s up.
Dan Quinn says Grady Jarrett suffered a sprained ankle and will have more information on his status on Wednesday.— Mike Conti (@MikeConti929) October 1, 2018
So, it looks like Jarrett, at the very least, will be limited in practice this week. That’s not a good feeling considering how the year’s going with injuries, but ankle sprains can come in all shapes and sizes. It could be just something that bugs him for a day or two, or it could be a high ankle sprain, which might keep him out for a week or two or even more.
Losing Jarrett for any stretch of time would be another nightmarish development for an already banged-up defense. At least typically ankle sprains don’t keep players out for too long, famous last words. We’re hoping the odds are good that Jarrett will play this week, but we won’t know for sure until Wednesday.
Recap Here, Get Your Recap!
We here at The Falcoholic pride ourselves in our recaps of the week’s game. I don’t mean to brag, but here’s the great crop of them.
Here are head honcho Dave’s takes on the afternoon, DW’s three takeaways and offensive and defensive players of the week, Adnan’s fantasy stud and dud, Kenny’s three guys up and three guys down and Allen’s in-depth analysis.
Not a bad haul, I’d say!
One Here, Not One There
The Falcons will be seeing a familiar face in two weeks and will avoid another one in equal measure.
Jameis Winston will start Tampa’s next game against the Falcons.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 1, 2018
Reporting week 7 would mean that Le'Veon Bell would miss games against the Falcons, then the Bengals, but be back in time to play the Browns Oct. 28 in Pittsburgh.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 1, 2018
So, Jameis Winston will be starting under center when the Buccaneers stop by Mercedes-Benz Stadium here soon. The Fitzmagic won’t make its way here.
Le’Veon Bell missing the game, though, is a huge advantage for a Falcons defense who could admittedly use a break right now. He’s been holding out for a new deal, but it looks like he’s going to at least get some reps in this season before inevitably parting ways with Pittsburgh this spring (or perhaps before the trade deadline).
History, Be My Enemy
Let’s look at another unfortunate note of inevitability. The Falcons made more bad history happen, as Dave notes. I don’t even know what to say about this. Maybe just a general grunt of disapproval?
Okay, I feel better.
Playoffs in Pittsburgh
Alright, let’s let DW fill us in on how important Sunday is before we get out of here.
How important is the #Falcons game against Pittsburgh on Sunday?— DW the not so Sober (@FalcoholicDW) October 1, 2018
If they win, they have a 22% chance of making the playoffs.
If they lose, it drops to a dreadful 6% chance.
Welp, folks, Playoff Sunday it is! Though, if any team deserves to have the improbable math work in their favor for once, it’s Atlanta.
Alright, friends, those are the links. Enjoy that cup of Joe, and enjoy the day.