Let’s make it four losses in five games for a Falcons team that will more than likely have bookend losing streaks in the 2020 season, with a small amount of success against bad football teams in the middle of it all. Since they hadn’t done so in a while, the Falcons did a good job of re-emphasizing their identity as the biggest chokers in sports when they blew a 17-0 halftime lead last week.
Next is a date against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs who are absolutely steamrolling the entire NFL. They look to be on a mission to win it all again, and it seems clear that they’re the overwhelming favorites to do so.
Let’s dive into the major what if scenario this week, looking at the circumstances surrounding the Falcons if they win against the Kansas City Chiefs and looking at if they lose, now that football is less than 24 hours away from being played again
If the Falcons win
I know it’s football and that anything can happen on any given Sunday (look at the Jets’ victory over the Rams last week), but I’m not going to bother with fairy tales this week.
The Chiefs are far and away the better team in this matchup, and I give you full permission to throw this in my face if the Falcons do miraculously win this game but I’m not going to waste my time filling this section of the article out. Moving on.
(When) the Falcons lose
Let’s get to the good stuff immediately — draft pick watch. The Falcons had a very productive week in the draft standings last week, moving up two spots as a result of wins by the Chargers and Cowboys. They would currently be picking 5th if the season were to end today.
Carolina is ahead of Atlanta due to the strength of schedule tiebreaker. There are too many scenarios to list out in how that could fluctuate over the last two weeks, so just know that the easiest path to jumping the Panthers would be if they beat Washington or New Orleans. The Bengals are another team whom Atlanta can jump — Cincinnati would have to beat the 4-10 Texans this week for that to happen. At minimum, the Falcons will consolidate their 5th overall pick after losing this week.
The Falcons will ensure their worst record since the injury ravaged 2013 campaign, when they went 4-12. That awful season bore some fruit in the form of the 6th overall pick and the selection of Jake Matthews to guard Matt Ryan’s blindside for years to come.
We’ll be one final step closer to never having to watch Dirk Koetter call plays for the Atlanta Falcons again, and to (hopefully) a full cleaning of the house regarding the entire coaching staff. The light is at the end of the tunnel and it’s so close that we can see it glistening.