9:24 AM EDT, Tue October 15, 2019
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Falcons defense is giving opposing quarterbacks their best stats of the season

Falcons defense is giving opposing quarterbacks their best stats of the season

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ How do quarterbacks fair against the Falcons compared to every other team? On September 29th, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 66.7% of his 27 passes for 227 yards, 3 touchdowns, and took 0 sacks for an absurd 129.7 quarterback rating. The Titans benched Mariota on October 13th for Ryan Tannehill. Kyler Murray had only 4 touchdowns in his 5 NFL games before tossing 3 against the Falcons. Is the Falcons defense this absurdly bad? Fans have been aware that quarterbacks have been better against the Falcons. The defense has been a giant problem the entire...
1 hour ago
Kendall Sheffield may continue to start when Desmond Trufant returns from injury

Kendall Sheffield may continue to start when Desmond Trufant returns from injury

Photo by Bob Levey/ If so, Isaiah Oliver is likely to be the odd man out. Kendall Sheffield turned in a pretty solid effort in his first NFL start, looking competent on a day when much of the defense was once again in disarray. For that effort, it looks like he’s going to get more chances to start in the very near future. If Desmond Trufant is out this week, Sheffield figures to line up opposite Isaiah Oliver and get another start, this time facing a potent group of Rams receivers. If Trufant is back, though, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s out of the starting lineup. Quinn...
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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Tuesday, Oct. 15

Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Tuesday, Oct. 15

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Fact: Devonta Freeman hasn’t cursed since 2004 It’s hard to know how to fix the Falcons. In many ways, this isn’t the team we thought it was when training camp kicked off in July. But at some point, Dan Quinn will be fired. And at some point, this roster will start to chart a path back to relevance. It’s anyone’s guess when all this will happen, but trust me, it will! Maybe not before I die. And maybe not before the world is run by an army of authoritarian robots. But believe me, it will happen. Links, they’re what’s for dinner: Sunday’s...
13 hours ago
Packers - Lions Monday Night Football open thread

Packers - Lions Monday Night Football open thread

Photo by Dylan Buell/ The battle of two legitimate NFC contenders happens TONIGHT. The Packers are legitimately good. The Lions are better than some of their up-and-down games suggest, and overall, the NFC North is one of the better divisions in football. That makes tonight’s matchup a worthy one for Monday Night Football. The Packers have flourished under new head coach Matt LaFleur. The offense hasn’t exactly been dominant just yet, despite LaFleur being an offensive hire, but it’s been good enough in conjunction with an impressive defense to get Green Bay to 4-1. Even with the...
13 hours ago
Falcons fantasy stud and dud from Week 6

Falcons fantasy stud and dud from Week 6

Photo by Jennifer Stewart/ A second-time stud and dud. The Atlanta Falcons hit rock bottom after giving up 53 points against the Houston Texans last week, and they’ve done nothing to pull themselves any higher than that this week. Atlanta traveled to Arizona and lost to a Cardinals team they have no business losing to. Once again, they got out-coached. I’d personally suggest shifting more of your focus toward fantasy football to help get something out of this football season, because the Falcons clearly aren’t doing anything. The good news is that the fantasy points were plentiful...
17 hours ago
Falcons vs. Cardinals: Who was the defensive player of the game?

Falcons vs. Cardinals: Who was the defensive player of the game?

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports I’ll be honest — there aren’t many good choices. The Falcons defense is making this series frustratingly hard to write. Anytime I start writing, my mind devolves into a series of curse words and this article blurts out like a rambling mad man got a hold of a keyboard for 5 minutes. Vote for one of these idiotic choices, because there aren’t many good ones at all. C’est la vie. Tyeler Davison He’s been a relatively good pick-up for the defense this year. And he dropped into coverage. Yes, you read that right. He dropped. Into. Coverage....
18 hours ago
Falcons vs. Cardinals: Who was the offensive player of the game?

Falcons vs. Cardinals: Who was the offensive player of the game?

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Several guys showed up big in Arizona. The Falcons offense was the least of the worries on Sunday against the Cardinals. When you score over 30 points, the responsibility falls on the defense to get the job done, which they clearly didn’t do. Let’s take a look at who stood out on the Falcons offense against the Cardinals. Matt Ryan The fact that Ryan is setting records and still losing tells you everything you need to know about the 2019 season. After a rough start, the QB has turned in several strong performances, highlighted by this nearly perfect...
19 hours ago
Falcons fail to get a sack in 3 straight weeks for the first time since 2011

Falcons fail to get a sack in 3 straight weeks for the first time since 2011

Photo by Norm Hall/ There are few words for what this defense is—and isn’t—doing right now. The Falcons are in freefall. This is the worst start of the Dan Quinn era and one of the bleakest stretches of football in recent memory for this team, and that has chiefly been fueled by a defense that cannot seem to do anything right. Unfortunately, they hit another milestone in their march of futility on Sunday. The Falcons, who didn’t even hit Kyler Murray all day unless he was running with the ball, failed to get a sack for the third straight game. They’ve done so against three of...
20 hours ago
Falcons fans react on Twitter to disastrous loss to Cardinals

Falcons fans react on Twitter to disastrous loss to Cardinals

Christian Petersen/ Let’s see what Twitter had to say! Hey Falcoholics! On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons fell to the Arizona Cardinals 33-34. If you missed the game, or just want to review the tweets from it, look no further! Falcons fans on Twitter have you covered, and without further ado, let’s begin. The Falcons received the opening kick, and optimism was already at an all-time high. it’s time pic.twitter.com/hNOigUtAvp— kelsey (@kelseytaysutton) October 13, 2019 #Falcons vs Cardinals is the battle of two idiotic birds slamming their heads together to fight over a crappy...
21 hours ago
Falcons vs. Cardinals: 3 Falcons up, 3 Falcons down after Week 6 loss

Falcons vs. Cardinals: 3 Falcons up, 3 Falcons down after Week 6 loss

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Fact: Matt Ryan’s tonsils removed themselves The Falcons lost their fifth game of the season yesterday. They are now 1-5 with a difficult slate of games ahead. In short, things are not going well. We’ll try to dissect why that is and find some kind of silver lining in the days ahead, but for now, let’s take a closer look at some of the best and worst individual performances from yesterday’s game. 3 Falcons Up Matt Ryan Ryan is here because he deserves to be here. It isn’t easy to watch your career window shrink while playing for a bad team....
22 hours ago
How the rest of the NFC South fared in Week 6

How the rest of the NFC South fared in Week 6

Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Another week, another win for Carolina and New Orleans. It’s common knowledge in sports that if you take care of your own business, you don’t have to worry about anybody else as far as the standings are concerned. While this is entirely true, getting some help along the way is never a bad thing. This column will be completely dedicated to the results of the other three NFC South teams throughout the season; hopefully we’ll be able to bask in their failures together. Carolina Panthers 37, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26 The Panthers...
23 hours ago
Nothing but despair left for the Falcons following a crushing defeat

Nothing but despair left for the Falcons following a crushing defeat

Photo by Norm Hall/ A plethora of missed calls, along with a missed extra point by one of the all-time greats, doesn’t overshadow the state of Dan Quinn’s helpless team. As Matt Bryant missed a pivotal extra point, questions arose about Dan Quinn’s decision not to go for two. Why trust a defense that continues to give up big plays? Why not trust an offense that is firing on all cylinders against Arizona’s overmatched defense? Quinn rarely goes against his methods of believing in his defense, which is why it wasn’t surprising to see him go for the tie. The next question...
Oct 14, 2019
Falcons - Cardinals recap: Agony abounds in Arizona

Falcons - Cardinals recap: Agony abounds in Arizona

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The Falcons lose again, this time in a new and novel way. It was all very neat and tidy before this game. The Falcons were facing their easiest remaining opponent, Arthur Blank had made it clear through leaked reports that Dan Quinn had to improve before the bye to stand a chance of making it, and a win here was the only realistic way the Falcons were going to stay in the hunt or keep their head coach around. Given that, the conclusions are equally neat and tidy. Dan Quinn is going to be fired, and it’s deserved. There’s no ambiguity and rallying in the...
Oct 14, 2019
Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, Oct. 14

Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, Oct. 14

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The refs did not want us to post these links — but we did. What can even be said at this point? The Atlanta Falcons dropped their fourth straight game in the most Falcon-y way possible: a missed extra point after a second half comeback where they seemed like a completely different team. Please vaporize my eyeballs. I feel like I’ve aged 20 years over the course of these first six games — the gray hairs popping up like weeds on my head and my eyes bloodshot like a pair of Kroy Biermann’s contacts. Here’s Monday’s Falcoholinks, fellow suffering...
Oct 13, 2019
Doomed Falcons QB Matt Ryan once again achieves new high water mark in crushing loss

Doomed Falcons QB Matt Ryan once again achieves new high water mark in crushing loss

Photo by Christian Petersen/ We’re running out of creative ways for Matt Ryan to lose. Matt Ryan has done his fair share of stat padding this year. For a fanbase that has justifiably and endlessly mocked Drew Brees for doing just that during his 7-9 years with the Saints, we’ve got to be willing to acknowledge when Ryan is throwing for gobs of yards and touchdowns when the game is already out of reach. It doesn’t diminish Ryan’s general excellence to do so, but it is an acknowledgement of how this season has gone and how the offense has tended to struggle early in games. On...