It wasn’t supposed to go this way for the Falcons or the Panthers. Atlanta was supposed to be healthy and effective, and the Panthers were supposed to follow up their 2018 swoon with a healthy, effective year of their own. Instead, both teams have largely cratered, and the Saints once again have an easy road to an NFC South title.
This week’s matchup therefore means very little. Ron Rivera is gone, leaving an interim staff to muddle through Kyle Allen’s struggles and the slow but steady collapse of the Carolina defense. For Atlanta, it’s just time to play out the string until Dan Quinn is likely fired, with better performances and more time for the team’s potential future starters serving as the only compelling reasons to tune in.
Of course, being Falcons fans, you’ll likely be watching. Here’s how you can do so.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers, Week 14
When: Sunday, November 24, 1 p.m. EST
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Announcers: Chris Meyers and Daryl “Moose” Johnston
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Key Questions: Will this Carolina team rally a bit with an interim head coach? Can the Falcons get more out of their offense with Julio Jones and Austin Hooper likely returning to action? Can the Atlanta offensive line stop stinking?
Prediction: Falcons win, 24-19
SB Nation Opposition Site: Cat Scratch Reader
2019 Falcons Schedule (3-9)
Week 1: @Minnesota Vikings — Loss
Week 2: vs. Philadelphia Eagles — Win
Week 3: @Indianapolis Colts — Loss
Week 4: vs. Tennessee Titans — Loss
Week 5: @Houston Texans —Loss
Week 6: @Arizona Cardinals — Loss
Week 7: vs. Los Angeles Rams — Loss
Week 8: vs. Seattle Seahawks — Loss
Week 9: BYE WEEK
Week 10: @New Orleans Saints — Win
Week 11: @Carolina Panthers — Win
Week 12: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Loss
Week 13: vs. New Orleans Saints — Loss
Week 14: vs. Carolina Panthers — Sunday, December 8, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 15: @San Francisco 49ers — Sunday, December 15, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Week 16: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars — Sunday, December 22, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 17: @Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, December 29, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)