On Monday night, after the dust has cleared in Week 7 for the rest of the NFL, Atlanta’s going to try to win another game. That’s all that the Falcons can do right now, and thankfully, taking it one game at a time is one thing this franchise has been really good at under Dan Quinn.
A win here doesn’t save the season—the Giants are 1-5, and the Falcons will still be under .500—but it will keep things on track. Atlanta’s just trying to tread water until they get healthier and get star linebacker Deion Jones back, and while they’ve not done a great job of it to this point, Week 6 showed what can happen if the defense can manage to nab a couple of turnovers and the offense stays clicking. They win, however narrowly.
New York is a bad football team, but they’re not going to simply roll over. They have the weapons on offense to make Atlanta’s life miserable if Eli Manning can simply not fumble all over himself, and they have a playmaking safety and enough pieces to put Matt Ryan on his back a few times in this one. Given the way Atlanta has played of late, that might be enough to win, so the Falcons will have to show something more to walk away with a W.
Fortunately for Atlanta, they’re still home, still have the weapons to make noise through the air even if Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu can’t suit up, and are making baby steps on defense as they phase in Foye Oluokun and hopefully welcome back Grady Jarrett. Hopefully it’s enough that we get to “enjoy” a bye week without worrying about what’s coming next.
Here’s what you’ll need to know to watch the game.
Falcons vs. Giants key info
Time: Monday, October 22, 8:15 p.m. EST
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
TV Channel: ESPN
Announcers: Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Booger McFarland, Lisa Salter
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Odds: The Falcons are touchdown favorites at home
Prediction: Falcons win, 31-24
Key Questions: Will the Falcons be able to return to their high-flying ways on offense against a truly awful Buccaneers defense? Will Grady Jarrett be back to help hold a pretty potent Bucs offense in check? Oh god, how many points will they score?
SB Nation Opposition Site: Big Blue View
2018 Falcons Schedule (1-3)
Week 1: Falcons @ Eagles, Thursday Night Football - Loss
Week 2: Falcons vs. Panthers, Win
Week 3: Falcons vs. Saints, Loss
Week 4: Falcons vs. Bengals, Loss
Week 5: Falcons @ Steelers, Sunday October, Loss
Week 6: Falcons vs. Buccaneers, Sunday October 14, Win
Week 7: Falcons vs. Giants, Monday Night Football October 22 8:15 p.m.
Week 8: BYE WEEK
Week 9: Falcons @ Redskins, Sunday November 4 1:00 p.m.
Week 10: Falcons @ Browns, Sunday November 11 1:00 p.m.
Week 11: Falcons vs. Cowboys, Sunday November 18 1:00 p.m.
Week 12: Falcons @ Saints, Thursday Night Football - Thanksgiving November 22 8:20 p.m.
Week 13: Falcons vs. Ravens, Sunday December 2 1:00 p.m.
Week 14: Falcons @ Packers, Sunday December 9 1:00 p.m.
Week 15: Falcons vs. Cardinals, Sunday December 16 1:00 p.m.
Week 16: Falcons @ Panthers, Sunday December 23 1:00 p.m.
Week 17: Falcons @ Buccaneers, Sunday December 30 1:00 p.m.