Game MVP: Younghoe Koo
Folks, was it going to be anyone else? Younghoe Koo’s been a staple of Atlanta since he arrived after a brief stint with the Chargers and the Legends in the now-defunct AAF. Since then, he’s basically been the most reliable kicker we’ve had since Matt Bryant, who was the most reliable kicker since Morten Andersen. Fitting that “Money Matt” was in attendance for this game and blew the train horn in the pregame festivities; from one legendary leg to another, it seems.
Up Next: vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Atlanta stays home with their first outright division lead since 2016 and welcomes in the Chargers, who will be traveling to the East Coast following their Week Eight bye. This is the Falcons’ “extra home game” by virtue of the 17-game schedule that gives conferences a rotating ninth home contest against a team that finished in the same placing as they did the year prior from the opposing conference. Most remember that for Atlanta last year, they had the Jaguars in Jacksonville; this time it’s LA at home, and next year it will be on the road against a team from the AFC East.
Los Angeles currently holds a 4-3 record, which has them just behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. The key to this game will be containing Justin Herbert and what is undoubtedly a returning Keenan Allen, who’s been banged up with a hamstring injury. They will, however, be without Mike Williams, who went on IR, and J.C. Jackson, who ruptured his patella tendon.