The Atlanta Falcons don’t have much time to sulk over their loss to the Carolina Panthers with the 8-1 Seattle Seahawks coming to the Georgia Dome for a Week 10 contest on Sunday.
We may have an idea of where this Falcons team is physically after watching it get pounded in its past two losses, but this week’s game should tell us a lot about where this team is mentally.
Through eight games, Atlanta has already lost twice as many games at it did last season, and it will face five teams with winning records over the final eight weeks.
While the playoffs are almost certainly out of the question, the team can still build some momentum for next season by winning some games down the stretch and building some confidence for its younger players.
Will the Falcons start the second half of the season by laying an egg at home against Seattle, or will they find a way to pull of an upset?
Let’s begin our game-week coverage by taking a look at the updated NFC South Standings, the Falcons’ injury report and what the Falcons need to focus on this week heading into Sunday’s matchup with Seattle.
|Team||Record||vs. NFC South||vs. NFC||Week 10|
|New Orleans Saints||6-2||2-0||4-0||vs. Dallas|
|Carolina Panthers||5-3||2-0||5-2||at San Francisco|
|Atlanta Falcons||2-6||1-2||2-3||vs. Seattle|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0-8||0-3||0-6||vs. Miami|
The Carolina Panthers solidified their position as the New Orleans Saints’ biggest threat in the division with Sunday’s win over the Falcons.
The Panthers have now won four straight after a 1-3 start. Now that they are in the thick of the wild-card hunt in the NFC, the challenge for Carolina will be to navigate its way through the last eight weeks of the season where it will face San Francisco, New England, the Jets and the Saints twice.
In addition, the Panthers have a Week 17 contest in Atlanta against the Falcons that may provide Atlanta with a chance to play spoiler. Will the Panthers’ last-second loss at Buffalo in Week 2 come back to haunt them? Only time will tell.
The Saints’ Week 9 loss at the Meadowlands to the Jets may have made some Falcons fans feel better about Atlanta’s loss to New York, but like Carolina, the Jets excel in three areas where the Falcons struggle: running the football, stopping the run and…