Trying To Find Another Win On Atlanta Falcons Schedule

Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

With the Atlanta Falcons off this Sunday, fans were given a reprieve from the horrors that have been the 2019 season for the Atlanta Falcons. After the Miami Dolphins found their first win of the season on Sunday, the Falcons being in contention for the number one overall pick is a real possibility now.

For the Atlanta Falcons, the second half of the season kicks off this week after having their bye week over the past weekend. Of the final 8 games of the season for the Falcons, 6 of those games will be against their NFC South rivals. Having avoided their division in the first half of the schedule, the Falcons will play the bulk of their remaining schedule against opponents very familiar with the Falcons. The other two games will come against the San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars.

When taking a look at the Falcons second-half schedule, it’s difficult to find a game where the Falcons can actually win. The combined record of their last 5 opponents is 24-15, with all teams other than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers competing for a playoff spot. The 49ers and Saints are fighting over the top seed in the NFC. Carolina and Jacksonville are both on the edges of the playoffs in their conferences. And, the Bucs are a decent team, pushing Seattle to overtime on the road over the weekend, a team that thoroughly beat the Falcons in Atlanta.

With so many tough games remaining, it’s easy to see how the Falcons could finish the year at 1-15. There has to be some optimism in regards to the two Tampa games, but with that said, the Bucs have looked miles better than the Falcons have during this season from hell. If the Falcons can’t find a win, and a little luck, the Falcons could be looking at the top overall pick in the next year’s draft.

Luck is the keyword in that scenario above. Now, I don’t see the Falcons ending the season at 1-15. I could see the Falcons stealing a game from the Bucs or Jags, or maybe the Panthers, but it’s likely the Falcons won’t be favored to win a game for the rest of the season. As of today, the Falcons are tied with Miami, New York Jets, Washington at 1-7, or 1-8 with Washington. The Bengals, sitting at 0-8, seem to be the real obstacle in getting to the number one overall pick. The Bengals look destined for an 0-16 season, something the Falcons will not be able to achieve, thankfully.

Now, this is a terrible situation for the Falcons to be in. I would have never guessed, going into the bye week, there would be a possibility the Falcons would be 1-7 and in discussion for a top-three draft pick. But, here we are. Just taking a quick look at the schedule for the second half of the season, and it’s difficult to find a win for this Falcons team. I do believe this Falcons team will find a win, somehow, but I’m not sure where. Unfortunately, this is where the team is going into the second half of the season, but now it’s the reality. The Falcons will kick off their second-half this Sunday with the New Orleans Saints. I don’t see their second win coming in that game.