The Falcons are fresh off a (relative) triumph against the Eagles, one where they gutted out a tough win. Now we’d like to see them win one, if not comfortably, at least without making us sweat buckets until the very last seconds of the game. Hopefully this weekend’s tilt against the Colts will prove to be that game.
This is not to suggest the Colts are slouches—I think I’ve made it clear to this point that I think they’re a good football team despite their tumultuous offseason—but this is one of the more winnable games on the slate at the moment, with only the Titans looking like an easier matchup over the next few weeks. A win here would make a huge difference for a team with dreams of seizing the NFC South, especially with the Saints and Panthers banged up at the most critical position on the field.
Here’s what you need to know for the game ahead.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Indianapolis Colts, Week 3
When: Sunday, September 22, 1 p.m. EST
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
Announcers: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton
Streaming: fuboTV, NFL Sunday Ticket Online
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Key Questions: Is the team’s tough defensive performance against the Eagles sustainable, and can they hold Marlon Mack in check? Will the offense break out of its little slump to start the season and put up 25+ or even 30+? Will this be the game where the ground game gets going?
Prediction: Falcons win, 27-21
SB Nation Opposition Site: Stampede Blue
2019 Falcons Schedule (1-1)
Week 1: @Minnesota Vikings — LOSS
Week 2: vs. Philadelphia Eagles — WIN
Week 3: @Indianapolis Colts — Sunday, September 22, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Week 4: vs. Tennessee Titans — Sunday, September 29, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Week 5: @Houston Texans —Sunday, October 6, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 6: @Arizona Cardinals — Sunday, October 13, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Week 7: vs. Los Angeles Rams — Sunday, October 20, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 8: vs. Seattle Seahawks — Sunday, October 27, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 9: BYE WEEK
Week 10: @New Orleans Saints — Sunday, November 10, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 11: @Carolina Panthers — Sunday, November 17, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 12: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, November 24, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 13: vs. New Orleans Saints — Thursday Night Football, November 28, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
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)