All season long, the Atlanta Falcons (1-4) have experienced an absolute nightmare that seems to be only getting worse with each passing day. Just when things couldn’t possibly get worse, the Falcons announced that Pro Bowler Roddy White will be “MIA,” along with two other starters, when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5) at the Georgia Dome this Sunday.
During his nine-year tenure in the NFL, White has never missed a game no matter what type of injury he suffered. For the first time in his career, White will not suit up for their game against the Buccaneers, ending his streak of playing in 133 consecutive games. Along with his injury, White’s absence may lead to another upset loss at home to a win-less Buccaneers team.
As the Falcons will now put out two new wide receivers on the field, they will also be without top running back Steven Jackson, who has been out since Week 2, and tackle Sam Baker for their Week 7 game.
Since the arrival of Julio Jones, many people have forgotten just how good White has been for the Falcons, as he is respected by many with his consistency through-out his career. White has posted six consecutive seasons of 1,000 plus receiving yards and has been a Pro Bowler four times.
With White out of the game, Matt Ryan and his Falcons will need to figure out a way to score against a Buccaneers’ defense that has been solid this season. Although the Falcons will playing at home, no game is a given, not even against a win-less team.
The Falcons will try to get back on the winning side of the ball and take care of business at home, but an upset loss is brewing and may be inevitable, as the Falcons try to deal with multiple injuries to key players on an already injury, savaged team.