Lindstrom, Freeman Spark Exciting Look Toward Falcons' 2020 Season

Thomas Mott
December 10, 2019 - 1:18 am
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus (17) runs for a touchdown

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First off, let’s just get this out of the way right off of the bat. Sunday was a great day if you are a Falcons fan. Not just because they won and beat a divisional opponent, but because they looked really good doing it. More on that in a second.

If you are in the tank-for-a-draft-pick camp (which is a really dumb take, in my opinion), and you are upset that Atlanta won, let me just break the news to you that Atlanta will not have a top-three pick. Chase Young is not going to be a Falcons draft pick so just get that out of your head right now.

Now back to reality.

Yesterday was an encouraging win for the Falcons for a number of reasons. I voiced these on the “Falcons Flyover” but I wanted to share them with you my late night audience as well.

Reason No. 1 for encouragement (and most importantly):  The offensive line looked great. There is a reason we drafted Chris Lindstrom at No. 14 overall last April. There is a reason we passed on a lot of good pass-rushers that many of us wanted.

The reason is Lindstrom’s really good and makes a huge difference on an offensive line that has been atrocious all year long.

The Falcons yesterday only gave up one sack and only six QB hits all day. That’s night-and-day different compared to Thanksgiving night when Matty Ice was sacked nine times and hit 13 times.

Lindstrom makes a difference. If you are looking for encouraging signs for 2020 this is the most encouraging sign. The offensive line playing well bodes well for this team next year.

Reason No. 2 for encouragement: The running game finally had a day.

Finally, after all of these games, the running game was good. Devonta Freeman’s 84 yards is the most he’s had since his 88 yards in Week 6.

Now, I’m not saying that Freeman is suddenly his old self and should be the No. 1 back for this team in 2020. However, yesterday showed me what this offense can be when they have a dominant running game.

Pair aforementioned great play by the offensive line with a good back in 2020 and this team can go from Matt Ryan throwing the ball 1,000 times a game to a more balanced attacked that the best teams in the league always have.

Throw in the fact that the defense proved yet again that it has decent enough pieces to be relevant next year with some additional draft picks and FAs.

Take away the Bucs loss a few weeks ago and this defense has given up 20, 26, three and nine points in their last four games.

Here’s the deal. People are understandably still upset with the fact that this team only has four wins this season and I totally understand that.

However, you cannot watch these Falcons since the bye week and not feel hopeful that we are looking at a much shorter rebuild than previously expected.