Falcons vs Panthers: If you had asked me 3 months ago where the Falcons would stand headed into their second divisional game of the season, I would’ve stared at your with a cocky grin on my face, visions of a playoff run and Super Bowl redemption dancing in my head. But life’s not fair and the Falcons have played some truly horrible football this season.
That win over the Saints mattered. Sure, it complicated the pursuit of Chase Young. And sure, it’s just one win. But at least now it feels like the Falcons have something to build on. At least now we know we weren’t crazy believing in this team could win against some good football teams this year.
As the Week 11 game looms large, the Falcons still have a lot of work to do. Let’s take a quick look at the current state of the franchise.
Devonta Freeman (foot), Austin Hooper (knee), and Kemal Ishmael (concussion) are officially out tomorrow. We expected to be without Freeman and Hooper for the next few games but secondary depth is a concern. Lucky for us, Desmond Trufant (toe) is on the mend and expected to play. And if Dan Quinn ever decides to act like he’s on the team, Sharrod Neasman (hamstring) practiced yesterday and Thursday.
Along the offensive line, Wes Schweitzer (concussion) was a full participant in practice yesterday. Given the coaching staff’s decision to bench Jamon Brown after a couple penalties last week, we could be in for a heaping helping of Schweitzer.
Sadly the Falcons did not, in fact, win the Super Bowl last weekend. It sure felt like it, or rather it felt like what we imagine a Super Bowl victory could, in theory, feel like. And one day we hope to be able to confirm for you whether what we felt last weekend was the functional equivalent of what one might feel after a Super Bowl victory. Stay tuned.
So, all that said, the Falcons are still in last place in the NFC South. At 2-7, no amount of Drew Brees sacks can clean up the messy shenanigans the Falcons have gotten themselves into this season.
At 7-2, the Saints still own the NFC South’s best record. The Panthers are a couple games back at 5-4. The Buccaneers, at 3-6, are one game ahead of the last place Falcons.
In short, the Falcons are in an … interesting place right now. Your thoughts, Falcoholics?