Do we think the Falcons are going to win this week? Dear reader, we do not.
The Atlanta Falcons are reportedly thinking of dealing away Vic Beasley, which indicates that they know that the season is close enough to lost that they need to start thinking about the future. And when you look at the team as it’s set up and where they stand in the standings, there’s no question they are a team that is on the cusp of giving up on the season. They’ll fight like hell in every game, sure, because they are professionals and they showed last year they don’t know how to quit.
But asking them to beat a Rams team studded with tremendous talent with everything going on right now is probably too much to ask. I’d love to see that kind of fire after the start they’ve had, but we just haven’t seen anything that would indicate they can or will do it. That’s the sad truth of this year, and I can’t confidently predict a surprise.
Falcons 24 - Rams 34
The Falcons don’t at all feel like a safe bet in this game, if only because the Rams have a high-powered offense and this defense can’t even hold its own against teams like the Cardinals and Titans. The offense is subtly progressing before our eyes, and even if newly-acquired Rams corner Jalen Ramsey plays, should be able to score at some point. But the Falcons are just not equipped at the moment to do much, and the Rams trading for Ramsey shows they’re serious about winning now and trying to get back to the playoffs. This one might not be a blowout, but expecting a Falcons win feels a bit erstwhile. - Cory Woodroof
Falcons 33 - Rams 35
Despite Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey being on the other side of the field, I think the Falcons offense keeps scoring at a decent clip. Matt Ryan has been sharper lately and it seems that Koetter is finally letting them run more up-tempo sets as well. I still don’t trust this defense and I expect them to be the root cause of pain in this game. As I see it, the Falcons will be down 35-27 towards the end of the game. They score the touchdown and when they go for the two point conversion, Alex Mack will snap the ball over Ryan’s head and the game will end in yet another frustrating fashion. C’est la vie. - David Walker
Falcons 27 - Rams 38
Keeping the theme going here, this matchup concerns me. I know the Rams are 3-3 and in the midst of a funky 3-game losing streak, but they have plenty of ability to right the ship and it could start with beating a Falcons team that has found a number of ways to lose this season. The acquisition of CB Jalen Ramsey gives the Rams a shot in the arm that they need to get back to winning. The Falcons can get bullied here. - Eric Robinson
Falcons 34 - Rams 42
It’s been a rough season, definitely worse than most of us predicted. The schedule is tough, and we are past our “weakest” opponents, who we of course lost to. The Falcons aren’t respected league-wide, and are viewed as a “get right” opponent. The Rams have their own issues, such as Todd Gurley’s usage and Brandin Cooks irrelevance. Both will probably get back on track against us, especially considering how poorly our defense has played. I predict this will be the third straight game in which the Falcons offense scores 30+, but the team can’t walk away with a win. – Evan Birchfield