We’re going to find out soon whether that Week 3 win over the Giants was the spark that will start a roaring fire of winning, or just a match lit in the pouring rain. A win here lifts the Falcons to .500 and gives them a little bit of swagger to carry forward, while a loss—especially a loss because the offense is still spinning its tires—will only reinforce the questions we already have.
I for one am ready to embrace a brighter future, so I’ll be hoping Atlanta can cobble together a complete effort and put us somewhat at ease. The win against the Giants was extremely welcome, showing this team is capable of digging deep late in a game instead of wilting, but it was a better foundation than a statement victory for a team finding its way. Hosting a reeling Football Team, Atlanta has the chance to earn that W while doing more and doing better.
Here’s what you’ll need to know for Sunday’s game. Go Falcons!
Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Football Team, Week 4
When: Sunday, October 3 at 1 p.m. EST
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Announcers: Kevin Kugler, Laura Okmin, Mark Sanchez
Streaming: NFL Sunday Ticket via DirectTV, FOXSports app on mobile devices
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Key Questions: Can the Falcons build on a win against the Giants and play a more complete game? Will this offensive line prove capable of handling a powerful Washington pass rush? Can the Falcons defense put the brakes on Terry McLaurin and Logan Thomas?
2021 Falcons regular season schedule (1-2)
Week 1, Loss: vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 2: Loss @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 3: Win @ New York Giants
Week 4: vs. Washington Football Team, 1 p.m., Sunday, October 3
Week 5: vs. New York Jets, 9:30 a.m. in London on Sunday, October 10
Week 6: BYE WEEK
Week 7: @ Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m., Sunday, October 24
Week 8: vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., Sunday, October 31
Week 9: @ New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., Sunday, November 7
Week 10: @ Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m., Sunday, November 14
Week 11: vs. New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m., Thursday, November 18
Week 12: @ Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m., Sunday, November 28
Week 13: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m., Sunday, December 5
Week 14: @ Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., Sunday, December 12
Week 15: @ San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m., Sunday, December 19
Week 16: vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m., Sunday, December 26
Week 17: @ Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m., Sunday, January 3
Week 18: vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., Sunday, January 9