On a three-game skid, the Falcons will have a week off before they host the Saints in a pivotal matchup in Atlanta.
For three weeks, the club has fallen to a quarterback making a debut in some capacity. First, it was Will Levis making his NFL debut. Then, Josh Dobbs, after joining Minnesota earlier in the week, made his Vikings debut. Most recently, Kyler Murray made his 2023 debut.
The Falcons have found new ways to lose in recent weeks. The defense was the strength of the team during the early parts of the season as the offense spun its wheels. A Grady Jarrett injury has seemingly changed all of that. In the past three weeks, the defense has faltered late, surrendering game-winning drives to Dobbs and Murray.
It puts the Falcons two games under .500, which is a familiar spot for Arthur Smith. In each of Atlanta’s three seasons under him, the club has owned a 4-6 record through the first 10 games.
For three straight seasons, the Falcons have picked inside the top 10, and they currently sit with the 9th overall selection, according to Tankathon.
It goes without saying this isn’t a great position to be in. The Falcons invested considerable resources in the roster this offseason, and even with the injuries, it is still a better team than the prior two seasons where the club finished 7-10.
The only word to describe it is disappointing, but there’s always a silver lining. With another top 10 pick, Atlanta would be that much closer to the top of the draft to potentially acquire one of the top quarterbacks in the upcoming class.
Jake recently did a mock draft from the 10th overall pick and traded up to the 2nd pick to land Drake Maye. That’s the type of move the Falcons need to make this offseason if they want to change the trajectory of the franchise.
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