The Falcons are scheduled to play an important football game tomorrow. If the Falcons can’t beat the Eagles in Week 2, the world won’t come to an end. Our pets’ heads won’t fall off. But it will likely set off mass hysteria within the fan base and make Dave cry.
So what’s the state of the franchise as Dan Quinn looks to right the ship?
On the injury front, the team is relatively healthy. (Now please go find some wood and knock on it.) The only player tabbed to miss tomorrow’s game is Matt Gono. Wes Schweitzer and Kenjon Barner were full participants in practice yesterday, and that’s a relief, particularly with respect to Barner, who put his skill set on display during the Week 1 loss to the Vikings. Russell Gage is still carrying a “questionable” designation, and to be frank, I’ll be shocked if he plays. But all things considered, that’s not a bad look on the injury front.
Taking a look at the standings, the Falcons could find themselves on top of the NFC South with a victory and a Saints loss! (To be clear, that’d leave them in a three-way tie with the Buccaneers and the Saints and it’s only Week 2, but hey, it’s a silver lining, right?) And let’s not forget about the Panthers, who fell to 0-2 Thursday night. Cam Newton completed a paltry 48 percent of his passes against the Buccaneers and hasn’t thrown a passing touchdown since December 30, 2018. Oh, and the Panthers are 1-9 over their last 10 regular season games, which is fun.
How about the locker room? How’s the team chemistry looking? Well, to be frank, we don’t know. Both Dan Quinn and Grady Jarrett offered some harsh criticism of the team’s effort against the Vikings. But the Falcons have quietly gone about their work this week. In a perfect world, they bounce back in decisive fashion and we can all go back to pretending this is a Super Bowl-bound football team.
All in all, aside from their 0-1 record, the Falcons appear to be a good place headed into tomorrow’s game. Your thoughts, Falcoholics?