5 Reasons Why You Can Stick A Fork In Atlanta Falcons
5 Reasons Why You Can Stick A Fork In The Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons came into the season with some seriously high expectations. After being one of the best regular season teams over the last few years, only to suffer letdowns in the playoffs, Atlanta had their sights set on another double-digit win total this season before hopefully delivering a better showing in the postseason. Unfortunately for them and their fans, this year has gone in a much different direction.
This year, the Falcons have been a huge disappointment. After dispatching the pesky St. Louis Rams in their second game of the year, their only other victory has come against the then-winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 5. Now at 2-7 and coming off a bad loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta’s season is effectively over.
For them to make the playoffs now, they would have to run the table or lose one more game at best. That’s a tall task even for good teams at this time of year, but for a team that hasn’t been able to beat anyone in the playoff picture yet this season, it’s an impossible task.
This season may have started with high expectations in Atlanta, but it is now ending with a slow march to the finish line. They have talent on the roster, but injuries have depleted them to the point where they can’t compete with anyone anymore. The rest of the season is just an exercise in going through the motions for a team that had dreams of a Super Bowl title just a few months ago.
These are the five reasons why you can put a fork in the Atlanta Falcons this year.
5. They Can't Run The Ball
The modern NFL offense may not be built around the running game, but you need to be able to get yards on the ground on occasion. Newly-signed running back Steven Jackson has been a bust, and the Falcons are the worst rushing team in the league, averaging a paltry 64.3 yards per game.
3. Their Defense Can't Stop Anyone
Atlanta heads into Week 11 ranking a terrible 29th in the league in scoring defense. You may not need a dominant defense to win in the NFL anymore, but you can't give up that many points either.
2. The NFC South Is One Of The Best Divisions In The League
The only hope the Falcons would have at this point would be if they played in a bad division. But, since the NFC South title is out of their reach, so is a second-half playoff run.
1. Julio Jones Was The Key To Their Offense
Julio Jones spent the first few weeks of the season emerging as one of the best receivers in the league this year. Since he was lost for the season with a foot injury, the Falcons' offense has looked equally lost.