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Falcons vs. Cardinals: Where do the Falcons stand as their Week 6 game looms?

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The Falcons are scheduled to play an important football game tomorrow. Lose and their exceptionally thin playoff odds get even worse. Win and perhaps they carry some much-needed momentum into the brutal slate of games that lies just ahead.

So where do the Falcons stand as their Week 6 game against the Cardinals looms large?

Injuries

It’s a bit of a mixed bag for the Falcons on the injury front right now. On the one hand, Jamon Brown has successfully navigated the concussion protocol and will play tomorrow. Kenjon Barner (knee), Alex Mack (elbow), Damontae Kazee (concussion), and Russell Gage (hip) were all full participants in practice yesterday.

On the other hand, both Desmond Trufant (toe) and Blidi Wreh-Wilson (groin) won’t play, leaving the Falcons without much depth at cornerback. Both Julio Jones (hip) and Ricardo Allen (knee) practiced yesterday but were limited.

Standings

Oh, man. This is where things get depressing. The Saints sit comfortably atop the NFC South right now. At 4-1, they’re not only making it through Drew Brees’ absence, they’re thriving. At 3-2, the Panthers are nipping at their heels. The Buccaneers are in third place at 2-3 and the Falcons round out the division at 1-4.

The Falcons currently have the second-worst record in the NFC. Only the 0-5 Redskins look worse on paper. For what it’s worth, 3 AFC teams have yet to win a game (Jets, Dolphins, and Bengals), so at least we’re not them!

So where do the Falcons stand headed into tomorrow’s game? Well, things aren’t going well. And if they somehow fail to pull off a win tomorrow, they’re not going to get any easier.

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