As the Atlanta Falcons are on a much-needed bye this weekend, sitting on a 1-4 record, winning the next three games after their bye will is crucial if the Falcons want to have any chance of making the playoffs. Their next three opponents have a combined 4-9 record, and if there is such a thing as the best 1-4 team, the Falcons are a much better team than their record states.
The Falcons’ first game after the bye will be against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4). After that, they will face the Arizona Cardinals (3-2) and the Carolina Panthers (1-3) before their stretch against some of the top teams that includes the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers and even the dangerous Washington Redskins, who are getting better with each passing week.
If the Falcons can win those three games in a row, not only will that get them to an even record at 4-4, but it will be a huge confidence booster, especially when they will be facing a Seahawks teams that is aggressive defensively and just a tough team to beat in general.
Getting back at an even record will also put the Falcons second within in their own division, and may give them a very tiny chance of winning the NFC South unless the Saints lose a couple of games.
Even though the Falcons will be going up against some of the stingiest defenses against the Panthers, Cardinals and Buccaneers, those teams’ offenses have been pretty bad and that should fortunately make the Falcons’ defense look decent. Nonetheless, these three games will let us know how the Falcons’ season will end.
Although the Falcons will be missing Julio Jones and possibly Roddy White along with Steven Jackson, Matt Ryan is an excellent quarterback and needs to guide his team to win by any means necessary at this point.
These three games should be looked upon as if they were one-game eliminations. For the Falcons this year, winning a single game has been the hardest thing, but we will see what the Falcons are made of and how they will react from after their bye in Week 6.