The Falcons head out west this weekend to take on Kyle Shanahan and the upstart 49ers. This might just be a bloodbath in the works. San Francisco’s roster is littered with ex-Falcons, so there’s more than a little bit of intrigue entering into this one.
Read on for Thursday’s edition of Falcoholinks.
49ers on deck for Week 15
Dan Quinn and the 4-9 Falcons meeting Kyle Shanahan and the 11-2 49ers on the road is like when I visited my hometown and ran into my ex-wife and her new husband. Me, bedraggled and subsisting on a diet of cheap beer and family-sized microwaveable lasagna; and her, looking healthy and happy and definitely not missing the tomato sauce-stained mess she left in the rearview. This is the Falcons’ (and my) sad reality.
San Francisco has been downright lethal all season long, and Atlanta faces a herculean task if they hope to steal a win in Santa Clara. The tall order on the road has the Falcons as heavy underdogs Sunday afternoon. The season ending injuries to both Calvin Ridley and Desmond Trufant definitely doesn’t help Atlanta’s cause for the upset, and a number of other Falcons were listed on Wednesday’s injury report.
One of the 49ers’ primary strengths is in its front seven — a stout unit that contains one free agent to-be who would could upgrade Atlanta’s defensive line next season.
Younghoe Koo wins NFC Special Teams Player of the Week
For the second time this season, special teams wunderkind Younghoe Koo has brought home the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. To put it plainly: He’s been fantastic.
Koo has been near perfect on field goals and extra points, discovered some sort of magic elixir for onside kicks, and even managed to recover a fumble in Sunday’s game against the Panthers. He’s absolutely deserving of the recognition and to enter 2020 as Atlanta’s presumptive kicker.
The Falcoholic Live Ep. 95
F#@%K IT, WE’LL DO IT LIVE. The Falcoholic Live is back at it again, going over The Falcons sweep of the Panthers this season, the injuries to Calvin Ridley and Desmond Trufant, and some draft takes with Atlanta’s updated draft positioning.