The Falcons are beat up, missing key pieces, perhaps a bit tired from traveling across the Atlantic Ocean, and facing a Jets team that suddenly didn’t look like garbage last week. That’s not an ingredient list for a particularly great recipe, but we’ll hope the Falcons can snag a win before their bye week nonetheless.
Do we think they will, though? That’s a different question, and you’ll find our predictions below. Be sure to share yours in the comments!
Falcons 13 - Jets 14
Good lord, this was supposed to be the game where the Falcons went into the bye with a nice win, a little momentum and ... then the Calvin Ridley news dropped. The thing is, this news is also overshadowing the fact that Russell Gage will be missing his third straight game as well. This was a team with thin depth - understandably so - and now it’s hurting them badly and early into the season. That said, the Jets are still not a good football team. I’m not ruling out the possibility that the Falcons pull out a win, but losing two key weapons makes it nearly impossible to bet on. At least we’ll have the bye week to take a break from this relentless frustration. - David Walker
Falcons 20 - Jets 17
Especially if the injury situation gets any worse for this team, this is the last time I can predict a win with a straight face for a bit, so I’m going to stick to doing so. Atlanta’s ability to almost knock off Washington despite a thousand errors and the offense finding its footing a bit gives me some (foolish) hope that this team will cobble together a winning effort against a Jets team with a bright future but a shaky present, even without Calvin Ridley, Isaiah Oliver, Russell Gage, and so on.
The only guarantee, I think, is that this one will be ugly. -Dave Choate
Falcons 13 - Jets 16
I can’t believe I am predicting a loss to the Jets but everything is trending the wrong way. The Jets are getting hot and the Falcons are getting injured. I was extremely concerned about wide receiver depth before the regular season as one injury would be a disaster. Now the Falcons will be missing both starters, which will unquestionably give the Falcons the worst starting wide receivers in the NFL on Sunday. The Falcons will also lack the time to adjust thanks to the travel to London. It’ll allow defenses to focus in on Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Pitts, making for a frustratingly limited offense. On the other side of the ball, the defense has been bad and without Isaiah Oliver it is even worse. I am not looking forward to any part of Sunday’s game. - Matt Chambers
Falcons 19 - Jets 24
A few weeks back, we all felt very strongly about this matchup. Suddenly, the first four weeks of the season occurred and now the Jets are looking like the better team on paper despite both teams having the same 1-3 record. It’s just so happen that one team had a fourth quarter meltdown and lost at home while the other team pulled off a mild shocker in an overtime win last week. The Falcons defense MUST generate constant pressure to force Jets quarterback Zack Wilson into mishaps. If they don’t, there is enough talent in the arm of Wilson to have himself a day against this Falcons defense. As far as the offense goes, I’m not certain that this will be the week that the offense finds a rhythm. - Eric Robinson