Change may be coming to the Falcons now that they’ve lost 5 in a row in a healthy year.
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The Falcons led 21-0 going into the second half but then the team just inexplicably fell apart. Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas just fell off the map, Matt Ryan threw an INT that led to a TD, and even after preventing a tie by blocking the 2-point conversion after the Lions scored a TD with less than 4 minutes remaining, the Falcons couldn’t move the ball and got caught up in the prevent defense to give the Lions all the space they need – then, even though the Lions had failed to convert a single FG beyond 40 yards this season, Lions K Matt Praeter misses wide right from 43-yards, but the play gets revoked because of a Lions delay of game. From 48-yards Prater makes the field goal to win 22-21 in London.
How the mighty have fallen. Since clobbering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14 on Thursday Night football back in Week 3 the Falcons have been unable to put any teams away. They’ve given up three 4th quarter leads or have otherwise been just plain blown out both at home, on the road or in other continents with the loss in London being the most recent loss.
Here are the five biggest losers from Week 9 of the NFL:
Chicago Bears – A 2-5 QB like Jay Cutler is won’t be with the Bears long at that current salary, and neither will WR Brandon Marshall if he continues to underperform.
Atlanta Falcons – It would be ironic if the Falcons fire Mike Smith and replace him with Rex Ryan. The Falcons were, after all, the team that Rex Ryan wanted to coach back in 2008 while he was still DC for the Ravens. Maybe the Falcons and Jets can come to an arrangement and just swap head coaches?
St. Louis Rams – Talk about a buzzkill. Losing by 30 on the road to the Chiefs is rough, but losing the starting LT and leading WR to season ending injuries effectively end this Rams season just while it was starting to get interesting.
Philadelphia Eagles – It’s hard to decide whether to blame QB Nick Foles for the interceptions or Safety Nate Allen for allowing the long TD. Either way, the Eagles are now a game behind the Cowboys, but it could be more if the Cowboys win on Monday night.
Oakland Raiders – Cleveland may have been the Raiders last chance to get a win before dropping to double-digit losses. Winnable games against the Rams on the road and the Bills at home aren’t until late-November/early-December.