Even after Thanksgiving thumping, 9-7 and playoff push possible for Falcons

Improbable, yes... Impossible, no...

Knox Bardeen
November 22, 2018 - 11:26 pm
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan

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After the nightmare of a Thanksgiving loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Atlanta Falcons have lost three games in a row and sit at 4-7 on the 2018 season.

Is it too early for a Bah, humbug? Maybe so.

There are five games left in the Falcons’ season. Five wins would put the team at 9-7. And with the current landscape of the NFC, nine wins could be enough to slide into the playoffs.

Now, let’s talk about how unrealistic five wins to finish the 2018 season sounds.

  • The Falcons only have four wins in 11 tries.
  • The most Atlanta has won in a row this season is three.
  • Atlanta finishes the season on the road three times.
  • The Falcons’ offense hasn’t been playing well of late. 

  • Remember all those injured Falcons starters???

OK, so there’s why 9-7 is a pipe dream for Falcons fans…

Here’s why the Falcons finishing the season with five wins isn’t quite as unrealistic a pigs flying.

There is only one team on Atlanta’s remaining schedule with a winning record. And the current combined record for the remaining foes on the Falcons’ schedule is 20-29-1.

While Atlanta’s Week 13 opponent, Baltimore, owns the NFL’s top-ranked scoring defense, their other four opponents are in the bottom half of the league. Here’s to getting Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley going.

The remaining games of Week 12 could set up to go Atlanta’s way. Here’s how:

  • The Redskins are 6-5 and sit on the outside of the playoff picture (7 seed) looking in. Washington is only two games ahead of Atlanta and already lost in Week 12.
  • Seattle (5-5) plays at Carolina. I know this sounds gross, but Falcons fans need to be Panthers fans on Sunday over the Seahawks.
  • Green Bay (4-5-1) plays at Minnesota (5-4-1). Since Atlanta can notch a win over Green Bay later, and a win by the Packers this weekend would give them head-to-head a tiebreaker over the Vikings, Falcons fans should root for Green Bay here. Especially since Minnesota holds the 6-seed in the NFC right now and the Vikings conference is better than the Packers.
  • The New York Giants (3-7) are hosting the Eagles (4-6). A win by the Giants would pull them into a tie with the Falcons (Atlanta holds a head-to-head tiebreaker) and pull Philadelphia into a tie with Atlanta too.
  • Detroit already lost on Thanksgiving and sits at 4-7 with the Falcons. But the Lions have a worse NFC record.

So, to recap, Atlanta fans who still believe in the impossible should root for Carolina, Green Bay and the Giants on Sunday… and also call me because I have some beachfront property in Arizona for sale.