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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Wednesday, Nov. 6

Fact: Dan Quinn’s goatee is an avid deer hunter

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The Falcons are scheduled to play an important game this Sunday. Only one of two outcomes is possible: either the Falcons beat the Saints, which let’s be honest, that is always an enjoyable experience. Or, in the alternative, the Falcons get their butts handed to them and continue their pursuit of a top draft pick. The latter scenario is exponentially more likely.

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Alex Mack

I broke down Alex Mack’s current value. In short, he’s still a solid player that could be in for a bounceback campaign in 2020 if his elbow cooperates. What’s more, it doesn’t make sense to cut him given the lack of alternatives in 2020.

The Falcons defense

David Walker took a closer look at the defense during this week’s podcast, highlighting the best and worst Pro Football Focus scores. Give it a listen, if you haven’t already. (Spoiler alert: everyone except Grady Jarrett and Deion Jones needs to do some real introspection.) Speaking of the defense, their projections at the halfway point of the season aren’t worth writing home about.

A miserable first half

Speaking of valuable perspective at the midpoint of a lost season, the Falcoholic himself took a look at snap counts and tried to draw some conclusions. As you might imagine, it’s hard to make sense of much of what the coaching staff has elected to do from a personnel standpoint. If you figure it out, please let us know.

2020 draft

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the Falcons are 1-7 and there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. It’s officially time to start thinking about the future. Looking ahead, the Falcons may want to draft a running back next Spring. Kevin Knight broke down the need at running back and why there could be good value, if the Falcons are interested.

That’s it for today, Falcoholics. Now go, be merry and conquer the day.