The Falcons first game since their win over the Giants on October 22nd sees them heading to the nation’s capital to take on the Redskins. The Redskins are sitting atop the NFC East at 5-2 and possess one of the best defenses in the league. Matt Ryan can expect to be harried by Washington’s stable of pass rushers all day long, and keeping him upright could prove to be a tall order for Atlanta’s patchwork offensive line. With that bit of positivity, let’s take a look at the match-up in today’s Falcoholinks.
A mid-season assessment
Members of The Falcoholic staff took a stab at what they think the rest of the season holds for the team, and as you’d expect: expectations have been significantly tempered. The prediction gamut ran from 6-10 to 10-6, and suffice to say none of us anticipated the Falcons to emerge from the bye at only 3-4 when the season started. The injuries have obviously been the prevailing storyline.
Grady Jarrett speaks
Grady Jarrett is one of the stars along Atlanta’s defensive front, and yesterday he spoke with 92.9 The Game about a variety of topics. From the state of the team in the wake of injury, to the logic of relying on internal talent as opposed to reaching outside the building for help, and the emergence of Deadrin Senat alongside him.
Jeanna Thomas on Fox 5
For her weekly segment on Fox 5’s Thursday Night Kickoff, The Falcoholic’s Jeanna Thomas put the all-call out on Twitter for the type of candy that describes the Falcons’ season thus far.
Look, we all know we’re going to eat way too much candy tomorrow. That got me thinking — if you had to choose a candy to describe this Falcons season, what would it be, and why? The most clever answers will be shared on ‘Thursday Night Kickoff on @FOX5Sports.— Jeañña (@jeannathomas) October 30, 2018
As we expect from the lot of you, there was no shortage of creative, hilarious, depressing, and creatively depressing responses. Check here for the honorable mentions that didn’t make the TV segment.
Winning or Losing in Washington
Sunday’s game in Washington starts a second half filled with road games, and it’s of course imperative that the Falcons bring home a win against the Redskins. Our Allen Strk does a deep dive into how this one will be won or lost. From the trenches to tackling and play action, there are a number of key elements that will decide this game.