Well that was fun. If the Falcons can play that well against a quality opponent, then how did we get here? That’s a complicated question and, to be frank, we’ll spend the next 10 months trying to answer it. But their performance today does inspire some confidence going forward. Maybe a complete teardown isn’t necessary. Maybe the Falcons don’t stink.
But alas, there were some injuries today. Let’s break ‘em down.
James Carpenter was carted off the field with a groin injury early in the 4th quarter. The Falcons held a commanding 33-6 lead when Carpenter went down. And prior to the next offensive drive, the Falcons pulled most of their starters. It’s worth noting that the Falcons chose not to deploy 3rd round draft pick Matt Hennessy in Carpenter’s absence. I’m not ready to read into what that means for him going forward, but I’ll say this: it’s surprising.
Olamide Zaccheaus suffered a toe injury during the first half. He was initially hit with a questionable designation before being ruled out prior to halftime.
Calvin Ridley tweaked his left ankle during the second half. He limped off the field, but the trainers didn’t seem overly concerned. Ridley quickly reentered the game, so let’s assume he’ll be just fine going forward.
Your thoughts, Falcoholics?