The Falcons were facing the prospect of missing their top two receivers yet again, but the week progressed well and it appears the offense will be mostly in tact, sans Calvin Ridley. In fact, his absence will be the norm for at least 3 more weeks as the team put him on the non-football injury list. Here’s how both teams look heading into their Sunday matchup.
Even though Russell Gage was invisible last Sunday, the Falcons need him healthy. He has delivered in the past and is a better option than guys further down the roster. Thankfully, his health appears to be just fine heading into the game despite being limited earlier in the week with a groin injury. Unfortunately, the team will be missing DL Jonathan Bullard who is still in the concussion protocol. As mentioned earlier, Calvin Ridley won’t be back this week and at least for 2 more.
As for the Saints, QB Jameis Winston has been ruled out officially and will not be playing again in 2021. Running back Ty Montgomery and defensive end Carl Granderson have also been ruled out. There are two players listed as questionable and their status is worth monitoring. Defensive end Payton Turnver has a calf injury and starting safety Malcolm Jenkins (knee) are both questionable for the game. Jenkins would be a big loss in their secondary as the team looks to limit the damage that Kyle Pitts can do.
After getting punched in the face at home by the Panthers, the Atlanta Falcons dropped back to dead last in the NFC South. Despite the victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New Orleans Saints are still in second in the division, but the lead for Tom Brady and his acolytes is a very narrow one.