The Atlanta Falcons ruled out A.J. Terrell for Sunday’s game against the Chargers with Casey Hayward already obviously out still on the IR. Atlanta will be relying on Darren Hall, Isaiah Oliver, Dee Alford, Rashad Fenton, and Cornell Armstrong to slow down a Chargers team that could be without their top two receivers.
Playing Justin Herbert is still alarming for a secondary that has struggled as much as they have against the Panthers and Bengals. However, it is important to remember that the Chargers have been the Falcons of the west for the past few years finding ways to lose games that they appeared to be runaway favorites in.
The Chargers’ history doesn’t suggest they are a team capable of blowing out the Falcons even with Terrell and Hayward missing. It is a great chance for Atlanta’s young corners to continue to grow and for the Falcons to find out exactly what they have behind their two established corners.
A.J. Terrell struggled the first few weeks of the season but has bounced back to the elite production we saw last season and has clearly benefitted from a healthy Oliver and the addition of Hayward. Losing Terrell for this game is certainly is troubling but with the Chargers dealing with a myriad of injuries of their own and dealing with playing on east coast time the Falcons are going to be in this game and have a chance.
The path is obvious the Falcons must run the ball and limit Mariota’s touches keeping Herbert on the sideline with limited chances against a secondary that was just lit up by P.J. Walker.
Making this game all the more important is a quick turnaround with week ten sending the Falcons to Carolina on Thursday night football in a game that once again will have massive divisional implications.