The Falcons played a hobbled Packers team on Sunday.
I always say that sometimes it’s not about who you play but when you play them. The best example was last year’s Falcons game against the 49ers. Atlanta dominated a San Francisco team that went to the NFC Championship. However, the Niners were without Arik Armstead, Nick Bosa, Trent Williams, and others. That’s the only reason the Falcons won.
You won’t catch me complaining, though. Once again, Atlanta’s opponent is dealing with injuries. This week, the Falcons will travel to Detroit to take on the Lions.
Antoine Green (concussion), C.J Gardner-Johnson (pec) David Montgomery (thigh bruise), Kerby Joseph (hip), Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee), and James Houston (ankle) all suffered injuries in the Lions’ loss to the Seahawks.
The most serious is Houston, who has a fractured ankle and will be out for months. Gardner-Johnson is also dealing with a serious injury, nursing a possible torn pec. Montgomery updated reporters that he’s likely going to be out for weeks, but Dan Campbell said he was day-to-day. Joseph returned to the game on Sunday, and Vaitai seems to be in danger of missing significant time.
The Falcons aren’t apologizing for beating hurt teams. Winning in this league is hard enough; Arthur Smith can only beat the team that is put out on the field. Atlanta seems like it will once again have the health advantage in Week 3.