Falcons vs. Bengals: Where Atlanta stands heading into Week 4

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    The Falcons have undergone some pretty massive Youth Vic Beasley Jr Jersey , upsetting changes since the beginning of this season. To help you keep track of all those, and to help you take a deep breath before the game ahead, we’re taking a weekly look at where the team stands heading into their next matchup. Roster UpdateThe Atlanta Falcons made a couple of significant moves this week. The first, most impactful and saddest was the team’s decision to place Ricardo Allen on injured reserve after he suffered a season-ending injury. To replace him, the team jettisoned Richard Jarvis and signed veteran linebacker Bruce Carter and familiar safety Sharrod Neasman, who spent time with the Falcons fairly recently. Neasman will be the backup at strong safety and Carter figures to offer depth for a group of linebackers that looks fairly thin at the moment. The roster is unquestionably worse off yet again thanks to Allen’s injury. Neasman is a terrific special teamer and has shown signs of being a capable reserve safety, at the very least, and Carter has had his flashes during his career. The Falcons are still putting bandages on chest wounds at the moment. HealthNot to downplay Devonta Freeman’s importance, but the Falcons are getting back their most key injured player this week outside of the men on injured reserve. That would be Takkarist McKinley, who has been the team’s most productive pass rush on a per-snap basis by a country mile.McKinley’s return equips the Falcons to have some kind of pass rush against the Bengals, who have some weaknesses along the offensive line Atlanta has to exploit. Unfortunately, there will be no Derrick Shelby, no Freeman and no Justin Bethel, but those losses should be survivable this week. Going without Takk again was not going to be. What’s at stake?A great deal. A loss here drops the Falcons to 1-3 and basically forces them to reel off eight-to-nine wins in their last 12 games to even sniff a playoff spot. A win pulls them up to .500, gives them a confidence boost heading into a tough road game against the Steelers, and lets them stay afloat while they wait for Freeman to get healthy. They’re still going to have a tough road, but in a season as injury-plagued as this one, every single win is going to matter.Also, even though Cincinnati is a pretty tough team, they’re an easier fight than some of the teams left on Atlanta’s slate. You can’t drop too many of these and stay in the hunt. OutlookI said this last week, but I think the Falcons can win this game, albeit narrowly. There won’t be many blowout predictions from me the rest of the way unless the defense dramatically improves in the near future http://www.authenticsatlantafalcons.com/cheap-matt-bryant-jersey , but with a little bit more pass rushing juice and another great offensive performance, they can pull this one off. I think they’ll get both, genuinely, and end up winning this game. The Patriots haven’t lost many games in 2018. With a 7-3 record, they’re still on pace to win the AFC East handily. But unlike years past, when this New England team loses, it spirals out of the stadium like an out-of-control oil rig, destroying the earth around it in a display of unwatchable football.That new tradition continued in Week 10, where the Pats cooked up their third double-digit loss of the season. The franchise had three such losses from 2015 to 2017 combined. And a big part of those struggles can be chalked up to a suddenly-mortal Tom Brady.In three losses this fall, Brady has completed just 57.8 percent of his passes for 621 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. That shakes out to an 81.4 QB rating — the rough equivalent of what CJ Beathard had been doing in San Francisco before being replaced by the immortal Nick Mullens.Those are bad numbers in any year, but especially one where 14 different quarterbacks have a triple-digit rating. Brady should be thriving in an NFL where offense comes first. Instead, he seems to be backsliding at age 41. Which makes sense, but still seems impossible for Tom Brady, man who time forgot.Panic index: It’s Tom Brady. He won last year’s MVP at age 40. He also hung 340 yards on the Chiefs and threw for 294 yards the week prior to beat the Packers. Nothing is over until he says it is.The rich (Rams) get a little poorer The Rams became the first of the three remaining one-win teams to suffer a significant injury to their offense, losing wide receiver Cooper Kupp to a torn ACL last week. It’s a blow. Kupp was their leading receiver in 2017, and even though he’s only played eight of 10 games this year, he had already accumulated 566 yards and six touchdowns. Week 11 huddleDenny Medley-USA TODAY SportsOffense is all that matters. The power rankings prove it. Panic Index: Tom Brady doesn’t look like Tom BradyThe 5 most fireable NFL coaches after Week 10Week 11 picks: Experts are taking the Rams over the Chiefs this weekWhy did the NFL move the Chiefs vs. Rams game from Mexico City to L.A.?Worst call of the week: Where’s the consistency, refs?Did Le’Veon Bell change player holdouts forever?MVP watchlist: It’s Drew Brees’ award to losePatrick Mahomes returns to ‘Fortnite,’ only to get killed by someone in his jerseyWhen you’re scoring 33.5 points per game, every contribution matters Black Deion Jones Jersey , and Kupp was on pace to top his impressive rookie numbers from last year. Kupp did his best work in the slot for the Rams, where he took more than 75 percent of his snaps. He’s been quarterback Jared Goff’s safety valve in that offense, a reliable set of hands that Goff could count on when he needed him. Last season, Kupp had the fifth best rating of any NFL receiver on third and fourth downs, according to Pro Football Focus. This season, 25 percent of his catches have come on third downs, six of those on third downs with 6+ yards to go. With Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods as the No. 1 and No. 2 receivers and Todd Gurley in the backfield, it’s hard to look at this roster and see the Rams hurting too much. However, Sean McVay is going to have to find a way to fill Kupp’s role. Panic index: It should be fine. Josh Reynolds will get more work without Kupp, and Woods will probably do more from the slot. On top of that, you can expect tight ends Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett to fill some of the void, as Turf Show Times explains here. Where’s your luck now, Seahawks?For a few years, it seemed like a horseshoe had taken permanent residence up the Seahawks’ butt. Everything always seemed to go their way. (Well, except on the 1-yard line in Super Bowl 49, because if any team has been tighter with Lady Luck than the Seahawks, it’s the Patriots.)In 2012, it was the replacement refs giving them a touchdown on “Fail Mary.” Two seasons later, it was the onside kick in the NFC Championship, again against the poor Packers. The next year, it was the infamous illegal bat game. A couple months after that, then-Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed what should’ve been a piece of cake field goal in the playoffs that sent the Seahawks to the next round. Even last year Black Grady Jarrett Jersey , in a season when they barely missed the playoffs, they found ways to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, courtesy of Bill O’Brien ruining what turned out to be Deshaun Watson’s final game as a rookie.Now, it looks like their luck is starting to run out (or it transferred over to the Chargers in some form of karmic osmosis). The Seahawks are 4-5, and all five of their losses have come in one-score games:That includes Week 10’s 36-31 loss to the Rams, a team so good that they can clinch the division in Week 11. That was also the Seahawks’ second loss to the Rams this year. The first came by an even slimmer margin, 33-31. The Seahawks had a chance to pull it out Sunday — and even benefitted from the refs not calling Russell Wilson for intentional grounding — but Aaron Donald barreling toward Wilson was too much for Seattle to overcome. So for the second straight week, the Seahawks came up short at the end of the game — and they’re not a fan of it happening to them for a change. “I’ve been here for a while now, and we’ve had a lot of games where we’ve pulled it out, so to be on the opposite side, it sucks,” Bobby Wagner said after the game.Pete Carroll also thinks it’s strange, and if something fits the Pete Carroll definition of strange, then you know it must be:Panic index: The reason those Seahawks teams always managed to find ways to win wasn’t simply good fortune. It was because they were really, really good. Once the Seahawks got rid of almost their entire defense this offseason, it looked like they were headed for rebuilding mode.But this year’s team is better than it should be. They’re hanging with the Rams and Chargers — two of the best teams in the NFL right now. They just need to figure out how to close out games again. They have a few chances left to get a signature win, with games against the Panthers, Vikings, and Chiefs on the horizon. That’s a daunting slate to face, so even if things start coming together for the Seahawks, it might not be enough to make the playoffs this year. It’s not implausible, though; currently Black Logan Paulsen Jersey , there are only six NFC teams with winning records.For now, they just need to get over the hump. And if anything can get them back in luck’s good graces, it’s a date with their next opponent: the Packers.Jalen Ramsey wants out of JacksonvilleThe Jaguars have lost five straight and there’s pretty much nothing else that could be worse than that, right? Wrong! Now, the best, young player on the team, cornerback Jalen Ramsey, is posting cryptic tweets about an eventual departure from Jacksonville.A day later, he calmed things down by reminding everyone he said he wants to finish his career with the Jaguars:But his frustration has — according to at least a couple analysts — resulted in him freestyling and playing man coverage while the rest of the defense is playing zone. That could’ve been why the Jaguars’ usually strong pass defense was ripped to shreds by Andrew Luck in Week 10.Ramsey’s trash talk has been fun for Jacksonville for most of his time with the team, but it’s not quite as enjoyable for the Jaguars now that it’s blowing up in their face.Panic index: Ramsey going rogue is a problem, but he’s still a top cornerback in the NFL. The Jaguars can keep him under contract for a few more years via his fifth-year option and the franchise tag. He’s not going anywhere. Reining in and redirecting his frustration might not be as easy, though.The Giants might have cost themselves a shot at the first pick in the draftWith the Giants’ 27-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers, which was the best game of Week 10 by the way, they may have cost themselves a chance at the number one overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants desperately need a new face at quarterback and as it currently stands, Oregon’s Justin Herbert seems to be the only clear-cut franchise quarterback prospect in the draft and it’s imperative they get a chance at him with a few pieces in place already on offense. Right now, the Raiders own the first pick in the draft over the Giants and they have some quarterback issues of their own to sort out.Panic index: This season is over for the Giants. At 2-7, the Giants currently hold the third pick in the draft behind the San Francisco 49ers. They would never admit to it, but losing out and securing the first pick in the draft would be the best plan of action for them. If not, they could be looking at another season of Eli Manning with the Giants…enough to make any football fan panic.

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