The Falcons’ season will come to a merciful end tomorrow. Like the last few miles of a half-marathon you weren’t nearly in shape enough to run, we’ll stumble over that finish line bruised and battered, with a little bit of drool dribbling out of the side of our mouth. I’d be nice to see the Falcons finish the year with a win, even if it causes their mediocre draft position to get a little more mediocre.
So let’s take a quick look at the state of the franchise headed into tomorrow’s game.
The Falcons continue to be a bit of a mixed bag on the injury front.
Jamon Brown (illness), Adrian Clayborn (knee), and Brandon Powell (wrist) have all been ruled out. Brown had been a healthy scratch as of late, so the fact that’s he’s not playing doesn’t mean much. Powell hasn’t played a single snap for the Falcons since joining the team.
Julio Jones (knee/shoulder), Kenjon Barner (shoulder/hip), and Ricardo Allen (shoulder/knee) were all full participants at Friday’s practice after being limited earlier in the week.
Allen Bailey (hand) was a limited participant in Thursday and Friday’s practices after not practicing on Wednesday; it’s worth keeping an eye on his status going into tomorrow’s game.
I know what you’re thinking: “who cares about the standings, James? What’s wrong with you?!” Well believe it or not, the standings at the end of the season do matter, inasmuch as they affect next year’s schedule. If the Falcons win tomorrow, they will finish 2nd in the NFC South. (Technically the Falcons and the Buccaneers would both finish 7-9. Because of tie breakers, the Falcons would finish 2nd and the Buccaneers would finish 3rd.) Along those lines, here’s what you need to know:
We’ll find out the #Falcons full list of 2020 opponents following this weekend’s games.— Evan Birchfield (@EvanBirchfield) December 27, 2019
• If they finish 2nd in NFC South, in 2020 they’ll play home against SEA/SF and away at PHI/DAL.
• If they finish 3rd in NFC South, they’ll play home against LAR and away at NYG.
There’s a lot of parity in the NFL, so it’s anyone’s guess what 2020 will look like for these potential opponents. But at first glance, the Falcons would definitely be better off losing this game.
Your thoughts about the state of the franchise headed into tomorrow’s season finale, Falcoholics?