Much like the Falcons, we hope that you enjoyed a stress free bye week and are recharged and re-energized for a run of 12 consecutive weekends which feature Atlanta’s football club in action. Well, one of those will be a Thursday night game, but you get the point.
This week, the Falcons face off against a reeling Miami Dolphins team that just allowed the Jacksonville Jaguars to get their first victory of the season. In a big scheduling advantage for Atlanta, the Fish are having to travel back home from London to immediately play this game.
Despite the bad taste they left in our mouth with that blown game against Washington, the Birds have their arrow pointing up following a victory against the Jets in their own London showcase, mixed in with the return of their two best wide receivers this week (neither was on the injury report this week).
Let’s take a look at circumstances surrounding the Falcons if they beat the New York Jets in Week 5, as well as looking at the scenario if they lose.
If the Falcons win
They will have won back to back games before the month the November for the first time since the Monday night victory against the New York Giants in 2018 (when Giorgio Tavecchio nailed the game-winning field goal).
It will also the be the first time they will have achieved a mark of .500 past Week 2 since Week 9 of that same 2018 season, when they beat Washington to move to 4-4. Atlanta will move themselves into striking range of going above .500 for the first time since 2017, as they will play a Carolina Panthers team that has, at this moment, lost three consecutive games, next week.
The offense in particular has looked better and better with each passing week, and the trust in Arthur Smith’s scheme and strategy will continue to build in both the players and the fanbase if the team can continue to find some on field success.
We’ll be another week closer to watching the Falcons play competitive football, potentially with playoff implications actually on the line, late in the season.
If the Falcons lose
It will squander all of the momentum the team racked up on their trip to London and victory against the Jets. The defeat will look even worse when combing through just how massive Atlanta’s scheduling advantage is this week, coming off a bye while the Dolphins are coming back from overseas.
At 2-4, they will go into their divisional matchups against the Panthers and Saints in prime position to have their hopes of competitiveness stepped on and eradicated by their most hated of rivals.
It will be one step closer to falling into obscurity, and we’ll be back to being about one step away from looking at draft standings on a weekly basis.