We’re a couple of days away from more Falcons football. Don’t cringe.
If the Falcons are about to turn their season around, as we very much hope they are, it’s got to start here against their former ball boy in Houston. It’s not easy for any team to go get a win on the road, but this Falcons team against a particularly motivated Texans team is probably going to find this particularly tough.
If the pass rush is up to the task, it may be possible to hold this offense in check. If the offense can stop shooting itself in the foot, they might be able to outscore Houston. If they do both those things, they might (gasp) win. I’m not going to get ahead of myself, but it’d be nice to have a reprieve from all that losing.
Here’s what you’ll need to know to watch.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Houston Texans, Week 5
When: Sunday, October 6, 1 p.m. EST
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Announcers: Kenny Albert and Ronde Barber
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Key Questions: Can the Falcons get their offensive line healthy and effective enough to enable good things on offense? Can Dirk Koetter get his playmakers more involved? Will Deshaun Watson pass all over this defense, or just over some of it?
Prediction: Falcons lose, 24-20
SB Nation Opposition Site: Battle Red Blog
2019 Falcons Schedule (1-3)
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 —Sunday, October 6, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
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)