This is the end of the line. Officially, of course, there are 10 more games after this one and 11 weeks until the end of the regular season, but the reality is that if there’s even a shred of hope available to this particular Falcons team, it will be shredded if they should lose to the Cardinals. At that point, they’ll be 1-5 with much tougher matchups looming, and realistically just 1-2 losses possible in their final ten games if they want to make the miracle turnaround.
The truth is that it’s likely already over, as we’ve gloomily written throughout the week, but a win here would at least make for a better Sunday. Arizona is an injured, lousy team with some flashes of upside, and aside from passing insistently and frequently, they don’t have any particularly notable advantages over this Falcons team. From a talent perspective, they’re frankly miles apart, which would make a win minimally satisfying (but still satisfying!) and a loss all the more crushing.
We’re two days away from seeing what the Falcons have in store for us. Here’s how you’ll be able to watch.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals, Week 6
When: Sunday, October 7, 4:05 p.m. EST
Where: State Farm Stadium, Phoenix, AZ
Announcers: Chris Spileman and Thom Brennaman
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Key Questions: Can the Falcons hold a gung-ho passing attack in check after failing spectacularly against the Texans just a week ago? Will David Johnson play? Is this offense ready to run the ball against a middling run defense?
Prediction: Falcons win, 35-31
SB Nation Opposition Site: Revenge of the Birds
2019 Falcons Schedule (1-4)
Week 1: @Minnesota Vikings — Loss
Week 2: vs. Philadelphia Eagles — Win
Week 3: @Indianapolis Colts — Loss
Week 4: vs. Tennessee Titans — Loss
Week 5: @Houston Texans —Loss
Week 6: @Arizona Cardinals — Sunday, October 13, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Week 7: vs. Los Angeles Rams — Sunday, October 20, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 8: vs. Seattle Seahawks — Sunday, October 27, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 9: BYE WEEK
Week 10: @New Orleans Saints — Sunday, November 10, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 11: @Carolina Panthers — Sunday, November 17, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 12: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, November 24, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 13: vs. New Orleans Saints — Thursday Night Football, November 28, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Week 14: vs. Carolina Panthers — Sunday, December 8, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 15: @San Francisco 49ers — Sunday, December 15, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Week 16: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars — Sunday, December 22, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 17: @Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, December 29, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)