11 BOLD predictions for the final 8 Atlanta Falcons games
As the Atlanta Falcons get set to embark on their final eight games of the year, we thought it would be fun to make some bold predictions on how the final half of the 2019 season unfolds for the Falcons.
At this point, the expectations for the Atlanta Falcons are zero. There is nothing that they can do at this point that would shock any of us, including going 8-0; though that is highly improbable. However, there are a lot of possibilities that could transpire over the final two months.
1. Atlanta Falcons will go 4-4 over their final eight games
This means a couple things – they would sweep the Panthers, get swept for the second straight year by the Saints, split with the Bucs in divisional play and beat the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is probably the most likely scenario of any out there.
2. Falcons will finish 2nd in the NFC South at 5-11
What this means is the Panthers would go 0-8 in their final eight games, including the aforementioned sweep by the Falcons. The Saints are going to run away with the NFC South division, which had three playoff teams just a couple years.
The division will have gone from best to worst in two years.
3. Matt Ryan will miss at least one more start
As we wrote earlier this week, Matt Ryan should have been put on IR ending his season anyway. We get it, he is the Captain and all great Captains go down with the ship, so there is no way he was going to okay that move.
However, the bigger picture is that Matt Ryan does not need to take any more of a beating than he has over the last 12 years, especially since there is nothing he can do to get this team to the playoffs.
4. Dan Quinn will coach all eight games
Many are hoping and waiting for the Dan Quinn is fired announcement. There is no way that this happens during the year. An even more likely scenario is that Arthur Blank fires Thomas Dimitroff and Quinn is retained for an additional year, only to be fired next year by the new general manager.