We’re nearing the weekend, which means we’ve started pre-girding prior to Atlanta’s tilt with Tennessee. We take a look at the game ahead and some news from the week in Thursday’s edition of Falcoholinks.
Titans on deck for Week 4
The Atlanta Falcons are slated to take on the Tennessee Titans in Week 4, right at home in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Both teams sit at 1-2 after bad losses, so there will be added motivation for each respective team to come away with a win on Sunday.
The Titans sport a fairly stingy pass defense, and while you can attack them on the ground, that hasn’t exactly been the Falcons’ forte so far this season. Atlanta enters this one as 4.5 point favorites, but after watching the nauseating display against Indianapolis, it’s difficult to really feel confident in any match-up at this point.
There’s not many enticing positional groups on Tennessee’s roster that we’d like to pluck and place in Atlanta, but safeties Kevin Byard and Amani Hooker would both look certainly good in red-and-black.
Discipline, not Superman
ESPN’s Vaughn McClure caught up with Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen about the state of the defense in the wake of Keanu Neal’s season-ending Achilles injury, and Ricardo summed it up in the following way:
“Whatever your job entitles, do that. Do it as hard as you can for your brothers. That’s it. We’re not asking nobody to be Superman. Just be who you are and what you’re supposed to be for this team.
That makes perfect sense, but of course it’s easier said than done on the football field. The penalties are a definite problem, and if they do not get them cleaned up there are certainly more tough losses on the horizon.
Burning questions after Indianapolis
The Falcons have started 1-3 twice in the Matt Ryan/Thomas Dimitroff era, and they’ll be looking to avoid that record by snagging a win at home against the Tennessee Titans. They did not make it to the playoffs both times that they started their season 1-3 (in 2013 and 2018, respectively), so is past is prologue, Sunday’s game comes with some heavy implications.
The Falcoholic’s Cory Woodroof takes a look at the forthcoming match-up and the potential for Atlanta to avoid the dreaded 1-3 record in his Week 4 edition of “Burning Falcons Questions.”
The Falcoholic Live
It’s our writers and their spicy takes on the Atlanta Falcons — but LIVE. If you missed the Falcoholic crew dissecting the loss against the Colts and previewing Sunday’s game against the Titans, you can watch the whole thing right here.