It’s too late for the Atlanta Falcons to turn the season around
Five games into the season and the Atlanta Falcons have shown very little signs of any type of life.
The Atlanta Falcons have been terrible so far. At 1-4, they sit towards the very bottom of the NFC. Once again, they got destroyed by the AFC, marking an 0-3 record against the conference this season. The good news: three out of the four AFC opponents on the schedule are done with. The bad news: the schedule gets a lot harder from here.
The Arizona Cardinals will welcome the Atlanta Falcons into town looking to snap a three-game losing streak in the series. This game is a toss-up given how inconsistent both teams have been this season, switching between a few good moments and many terrible ones.
After the trip to Arizona, the Falcons will host the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks. Atlanta will have to play extremely well to be able to win either of those games. Unfortunately for the Falcons, with the way they have played so far, both of those games could be over by the first quarter.
After those matchups, the Falcons will have five straight divisional games. This is a great opportunity to make up some ground, but that’s assuming that Dan Quinn can turn this season around. Right now, nothing seems to be working, which spells bad news for this team. Not to mention both the Saints and Panthers are playing extremely well with back-up quarterbacks and Jameis Winston looks to finally be improving under the guidance of Bruce Arians.
The Falcons then finish the season off with San Francisco, who have played very well so far, Jacksonville and then Tampa Bay.
This is a very difficult schedule for any team and considering how bad the Falcons have looked so far, it looks like this is going to be a very long season.
The fan in me wants to believe that this upcoming match up with Arizona will turn the season around, but the fact is that this team just isn’t talented enough on either side of the ball to win many of these games.
The offensive and defensive lines are underperforming with the exception of a select few, while the defensive secondary looks lost the majority of the time. The coaching is also lacking, with a lack of preparation and discipline continuing to be a huge concern.
I could be wrong. Maybe the Atlanta Falcons start playing out of their minds the rest of the season and go on a big win streak that regains fans’ trust in the team. But looking at the body of work for this team so far, it does not look good for a magical turnaround.