Happy Wednesday, Falcholics! It’s a brand new day. In 4 days, the 2-6 Falcons will take on the 3-4 Broncos in a game with monumental playoff implications. Obviously I’m kidding, because let’s be honest, Falcons-Bronco’s viewership won’t come close to matching that of last year’s Puppy Bowl.
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The Falcoholic Podcast is highlighting each year of the Thomas Dimitroff era. It’s a tall task, and we wish David Walker and company luck. Evan Birchfield highlighted some interesting stats worth considering following the Week 8 win over the Panthers. Give his piece a read, if you have a moment.
Dave Choate broke down the mid-season snap counts for us. And I have to say, I’m happy to see Deion Jones playing solid football and getting in on 95 percent of the Falcons’ defensive snaps. The Falcons handed him a 4-year extension worth $57 million ($34 million guaranteed) before the 2019 season for a reason. Jones is 2+ years removed from foot injury that limited him to 6 games in 2018, and he’s looking like his old self again.
The Falcons apparently wanted a 4th round pick in exchange for Takk McKinley and couldn’t find any suitors. Shocking ... said nobody ever. Look, Takk is a bit underrated and just hasn’t produced the sack totals you’d like to get from a first round edge. But he’s a valuable rotational piece, albeit one that’s struggled to stay healthy. Who has been the Falcons’ offensive player of the year through 8 games? A couple of names probably come to mind, and I’d bet a certain wide receiver and a certain franchise quarterback came to mind.
That’s all for today, Falcoholics. Have a good one.