The Atlanta Falcons have misplaced 5 of their final seven video games after beginning the 2023 NFL season with a 2-0 report, and are presently on the skin of the NFC playoff image trying in. However they play in what’s arguably the weakest division in soccer this yr, and they’re presently only a recreation again of the New Orleans Saints for first place within the NFC South.
Falcons Have Video games Towards Bears, Cardinals, and Panthers
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— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) October 29, 2023
Does Arthur Smith’s squad have what it takes to compete for the division and lock themselves right into a playoff spot? Whereas the projections give them a 32% probability of qualifying for the postseason, it’s arduous to disregard how tender the schedule is for the Falcons through the again half of the season.
On the conclusion of Week 9, there are solely 2 groups with successful data remaining on the schedule for Atlanta, and people are the Jets (4-3) and division rival Saints (5-4). They’ve video games towards the lowly Cardinals, Panthers, and Bears developing, all of whom are prime candidates to complete within the bottom-5 within the league. Their recreation this weekend towards the Cardinals is one that can require a cross-country journey, however it’s adopted by a bye week. After that, the farthest that the Falcons will journey for a recreation is New York Metropolis.
Atlanta Will Be Battling New Orleans For Playoff Spot
Breaking: Taylor Heinicke will change Desmond Ridder because the Atlanta Falcons’ beginning quarterback this week, coach Arthur Smith introduced Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/hAjq86R7vX
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Their two video games towards the Saints are going to be huge in deciding the destiny of each groups. Whereas it’s straightforward to get excited and be optimistic about Atlanta’s probabilities, New Orleans will play towards equally tender opponents. The Saints have the third best remaining schedule, with their hardest remaining video games coming towards the Vikings and Lions.
Whereas the Falcons have hope of scratching out a playoff berth, they nonetheless have some points to determine on their roster. Desmond Ridder had saved his job as the starting quarterback via the primary eight video games of the season, however was changed by Taylor Heinicke within the second half of the sport towards the Titans. Heinicke began the next recreation towards the Vikings, and Ridder’s future because the starter is in severe query.
Atlanta is presently listed as a 1.5 level favorites over the Cardinals for subsequent weekend.