The Falcons go to London to play a “home” game that could make or break their season. At 1-3, this is a team that really needs to find a way to win, even as injuries pile up. The Jets are in a similar situation, having just squeaked out a win against a Titans team missing their top two receivers. Oh - yeah - the Falcons will be doing the same. Let’s take a look at both teams heading into this critical matchup.
The week didn’t start off great with the news that CB Isaiah Oliver and punter Cameron Nizialek would be placed on injured reserve, with Oliver missing the rest of the season with a knee injury. Then Thursday came and everything really started going bonkers. The news that star wide receiver Calvin Ridley would miss the game (and trip) due to a personal matter shook Falcons fans. The speculation immediately started and hasn’t let up.
Things got even better as the team announced DT Marlon Davidson and WR Russell Gage would not even make the trip (and of course, not play). The icing on the cake? Isaiah Oliver’s potential replacement - Avery Williams - and starting safety Erik Harris are both now doubtful for the game. The Falcons were a team that needed to rely on it’s starters to stay competitive and now they’re losing them in chunks. Wonderful.
The Jets will be missing a few guys as well going into this game. Starting safeties Adrian Colbert and Marcus Maye are both out for this game. Sharrod Neasman and Ashtyn Davis will likely fill their spots. Starting tight end Tyler Kroft and wide receiver Jeff Smith are both out as well. All other players on their injury report are expected to play.
At 1-3, the Falcons sit at the bottom of the NFC South. At the top are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers who are both 3-1. The Saints sit at 2-2. The Jets are tied for 2nd, 3rd and last in their division in the AFC East. Only the Buffalo Bills have a winning record at 3-1 while the Dolphins, Patriots and Jets are all stuck at 1-3. Just like we all predicted.