Atlanta Falcons have said no to fans for the first two home games.
The Atlanta Falcons announced that they will be playing home games without fans for the month of the season. While this might be something season ticket holder might not like, this could be a blessing in disguise.
Atlanta Falcons fans are some of the most die-hard fans in the NFL. They will cheer for you like no other when you do something great but they will boo you when something unfavorable has been done.
The veterans on the team might not be affected by the lack of fans but for the young guys, this could be a perfect way for them not to worry about the nerves of playing in front of a packed house.
You always get those players that ball out during training camps and minicamp just to come into the season and do the exact opposite. Not playing with fans in the stand could mimic the environment of training camp.
Just look at the NBA bubble and how teams and players performed in that format. No one would have guessed that the Phoenix Suns would go undefeated in the bubble but it happened.
No one would have guessed that T.J. Warren would look like one of the best players in the world, but it looked that way. Not having fans creates an atmosphere that brings an element of unpredictability.
Maybe one of the Atlanta Falcons young guys could do something similar and step their game up to a new level.
Playing without fans could have a big downside as well. There’s nothing like a home-field advantage in sports. While some believe it doesn’t affect how teams play, just ask around and players will tell you it’s a real thing.
The Falcons have a chance to start the season on the right foot and playing without the distraction of the fans and allowing them to focus just on football and not worrying about who is in the crowd.