Bucs on deck for Week 12
Whew, it’s Week 12 already. The Falcons return home to continue their run through the NFC South, this time to take on the Buccaneers as 4.5 point favorites. Undefeated since returning from the bye-week, Atlanta will look to extend its run by defeating Dirk Koetter’s former team.
Tampa Bay holds the same 3-7 record as Atlanta, but given the Falcons’ current level of play, you can understand why Vegas is giving them the edge in odds. That advantage will change if any of the Falcons who were held out of Wednesday’s practice are unable to suit up.
So with the Falcons favorites in the first time in what feels like forever, would you bother to poach a positional group from the Bucs?
Kenjon Barner wins NFC Special Teams Player of the Week
Two weeks, two wins, and two Falcons players netting NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Against the Saints it was Younghoe Koo’s perfect afternoon on field goals and extra points. Against the Panthers it’s Kenjon Barner and his 78-yard punt return touchdown.
The Falcons had not had a return touchdown since a house call by Devin Hester in 2014, so they were well overdue — and Barner finally made it happen.
Matt Bosher designated to return from IR
Falcons punter Matt Bosher has been on injured reserve since October 5th, and we learned yesterday that he’s been designated to return as soon as Atlanta’s December 8th game against Carolina.
Since Bosher tweaked his groin and landed on IR, the Falcons have employed a bevy of bodies to fill his shoes. Ryan Allen is currently handling punting and kickoff duties, and he’ll likely land elsewhere once Matt Bosher returns.
The Falcons are hitting their stride too little too late, and it would be nothing short of miraculous for them to sniff the postseason. With that in mind, they definitely look like a prime candidate to play spoiler in the NFC playoff picture with coming matchups against the Saints and the 49ers.
Potentially wrecking the seeding of the New Orleans and San Francisco? Silver linings, I suppose.
The Falcoholic Live Ep. 93
Recap the Falcons’ second straight win and preview their upcoming clash with the Bucs with Kevin Knight and Evan Birchfield.