The Falcons are a desperate football team right now. Desperate. That’s the nicest way to put it. In the midst of a 4-game losing streak, it’s hard to envision any light at the end of the tunnel. If I had a time machine, I’d be a rich man; but I’d also transport all of us to next season, because I’m merciful, and that’s the merciful thing to do. A wholesale regime change is looking more and more like a foregone conclusion as the season wears on.
Without further ado, let’s take a quick look at the state of the franchise before tomorrow’s game. (Spoiler alert: it ain’t pretty.)
Desmond Trufant was officially ruled out and won’t play tomorrow. Huzzah! That’s the bad secondary-related news. The good secondary-related news is that Blidi Wreh-Wilson is set to return from a groin injury. And Ricardo Allen, who has been navigating a knee injury, is set to play as well.
Moving on to the offensive line, there’s some additional good news. Unless you’ve been keeping yourself busy under a rock, you undoubtedly know that the offensive line has been pretty banged up over the last few weeks. Alex Mack has been playing with one arm for a while now and starting left guard James Carpenter is trying to bounce back from a knee injury. Both men are ready to go and will play in tomorrow’s game.
At 1-5, the Falcons have a firm hold on 4th place in the NFC South. For some unholy, inexplicable reason, the Saints keep winning football games. They’re riding high on a 4-game winning streak right now, and at 5-1, they will be well-situated in the standings when Drew Brees gets back from his injury. Yup, that’s the universe spiting you. The Panthers somehow have a winning record and are nipping at the Saints’ heels at 4-2. The Buccaneers are in third place at 2-4.
In short, it’s an utterly miserable time to be a fan of this football team. Your thoughts, Falcoholics?