The Falcons have dropped two out of three against NFC East opponents, arguably the worst division in football. The AFC South has legs in that argument, but the Giants, Eagles, and Washington Football Team are all beatable teams. Losing two out of those three isn’t encouraging for Arthur Smith’s squad. Urgency is at a premium right now ahead of the game against Jets, who are also one of the worst teams in the league, but I don’t see the Falcons having an easy time with them either.
Atlanta will have to travel across the pond to face a team coming off a big upset win and Zach Wilson‘s best game as a professional. The Jets are feeling good about themselves, while the Falcons lost heartbreakingly. Atlanta had an excellent opportunity to make up ground on the rest of the NFC South last week, too, as Carolina and New Orleans both lost.
Heading into Week 5, the Falcons stand at 1-3, and there aren’t many winnable games left on the schedule. Obviously, the matchup against the Jets in London is a game Atlanta should win. Besides that, there are only a couple that the Falcons should be considered favorites in — Week 12 against the Jaguars and Week 16 against the Lions.
Is it an overreaction to think the Falcons could only escape with a win in these three games? Atlanta has to face the Dolphins, Bills, Cowboys, Patriots, 49ers, and Bills… all of whom are head and shoulders better than them. I could potentially see Arthur Smith upsetting Miami or New England, but the chances certainly aren’t good.
Other than the three aforementioned winnable games, I believe the Falcons’ best chance comes against NFC South rivals. The Saints and Panthers are better than the Falcons at this point, but divisional matchups are always closer than many anticipate. It may be an overreaction to say there are only three winnable games left, but it isn’t that far off if the Falcons continue to play like this.