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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Tuesday, Oct. 6

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Happy Tuesday, Falcoholics! Have you had time to digest last night’s loss? Just think, at some point in the future of humanity, the Falcons might get their act together and field a competitive football team. When that reality will come to fruition is anyone’s guess, but it’s worth dreaming about. One day. One day.

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Getting ready for the loss

No one in our staff roundtable saw this game going well for the Falcons. When the list of players that would be inactive Monday night was released, edge extraordinaire Takk McKinley was officially ruled out. Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal were out as well, begging questions about how the Falcons might pivot at safety in 2021. The Falcons could’ve used all three of them against Aaron Rodgers, but there were still a number of Falcons we had our eyes on, hoping for some breakout individual performances.

We knew that this week’s game and next week’s game would be critical in determining Dan Quinn’s future with the team. But it’s still a little shocking that he wasn’t the first NFL head coach to be shown the door this season.

Because half of the Falcons’ roster is in the infirmary, they chose to promote several players from the practice squad before kickoff, which was pushed back because the Chiefs and the Patriots are more important than us.

The loss itself

That game was embarrassing, but we knew it probably would be. A number of players were injured, including Julio Jones’ re-aggravation of the hamstring injury that just won’t quit. Speaking of Julio, before he sat out the entire second half, he became the Falcons’ all-time reception leader, dethroning his former mentor, Roddy White.

At 0-4, the Falcons are off to their worst start in more than 2 decades. And even if they aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, the path ahead likely goes nowhere.