The Falcons face off with the Arizona Cardinals in a game essentially meaningless to each team. Playoffs are out of consideration. We’re just going through the motions. The Cardinals seem destined to some sort of refresh or rebuild after a disaster season.
However, for the Falcons, the team has an opportunity to evaluate some important positions for 2023. The most important being rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder, who has only a brief stint to wow the team’s decision makers.
That evaluation will happen without current starter Elijah Wilkinson. The good news is both Colby Gossett and Matt Hennessy are options.
The Falcons announced the following inactives.
- TE Feleipe Franks
- CB Rashad Fenton
- S Micah Abernathy
- OLB David Anenih
- G Elijah Wilkinson
- DL Matt Dickerson
We still doing this Franks thing? Arthur Smith is unusually smitten with Franks, who has carved out an unimpactful role in the offense. Atlanta’s newest player, Abernanthy, was signed yesterday. He’s a likely offseason project.
For the Cardinals, we knew about its most impactful inactives ahead of Sunday. Both Hopkins and McCoy, two starters, were expected out.
- WR DeAndre Hopkins
- QB Colt McCoy
- CB Marco Wilson
- CB Antonio Hamilton
- LB Victor Dimukeje
- OL Rashaad Coward
- DL Zach Allen
The Cardinals will trot out a very broken and limited team. This should be an easy match-up on paper.