It hasn’t been the season we hoped for. It won’t become the season we wanted, in all likelihood. But there’s still football to be played, and after a brutal four game streak of losses, the Falcons get to play a quality NFC team at home. It’s not an exaggeration to say that a win or a loss here could determine whether Dan Quinn gets to coach out this year or loss his job at the bye.
Otherwise, we’re basically looking for signs of life from this team, especially on defense where they’ve played so very poorly this year. It’s going to be important for this Falcons team, no matter who is running it in 2020, that they determine how far they are personnel-wise away from being a solid defense. The offense I’m less worried about—they have multiple elite talents and an offensive line that will hopefully be healthy and improved next season—but if the defense can at least start to right the ship even with Desmond Trufant out, it’ll be encouraging.
Grab your beverage of choice, prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and join your fellow Falcons fans for this open thread.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Los Angeles Rams, Week 7
When: Sunday, October 20, 1 p.m. EST
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Announcers: Sam Rosen, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Key Questions: Can the Falcons finally get it together as a pass defense against a struggling Jared Goff and an awful offensive line? Will Julio Jones beat Jalen Ramsey in what should be a thrilling matchup? Is Desmond Trufant going to play? Will people show up to watch the game?
Prediction: Falcons lose, 38-31
SB Nation Opposition Site: Turf Show Times