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Falcons vs. Saints: a quick look at the state of the Falcons as Week 13 looms large

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NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons will face off against the Saints tomorrow in what is sure to be an exciting game to watch. First, the game is being played on national television on Thanksgiving, which is awesome. Second, because it’s a late game, we’ll have ample time to fit in a post-dinner nap, which is super clutch. Third, even if the Falcons lose, we won’t know the difference in our tryptophan and brown liquor-induced comas.

Without further ado, let’s take a quick look at the state of the franchise headed into Week 13.

Health

The Falcons have been and remain a bit of a mixed bag on the injury front. Devonta Freeman (foot) was a full participant at practice yesterday, which is encouraging but doesn’t mean he will play.

Julio Jones’ status is unclear but he didn’t practice yesterday. With a short week and no need to risk Julio’s long-term health, no one should be surprised or disappointed if he can’t go.

Luke Stocker (back) and Austin Hooper (knee) both missed practice yesterday, which should trigger alarm bells about the state of the tight end depth chart.

Standings

This section just gets more depressing as the weeks roll by. At 9-2, the Saints are in first place and gearing up for a playoff run. At 3-8, the Falcons are gearing up for a January full of napping, beach vacations, and fruity drinks embellished with tiny, brightly colored umbrellas.

The Panthers, at 5-6, have a loose hold on second place. And at 4-7, the Buccaneers are nipping at their heels. Being dead last in your division isn’t all bad, Falcoholics. After all, if everyone expects you to be bad, there’s no fallout when you actually are bad, right?

Your thoughts?