After dropping games to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the one-win Carolina Panthers, the Falcons find themselves on the outside looking in on the NFC Playoffs picture. At 6-8, three-straight wins would probably get them back into the playoffs at 9-8.
However, head coach Arthur Smith hasn’t won three-straight games in a season in his Falcons tenure.
Despite the change at quarterback from Desmond Ridder to Taylor Heinicke, confidence isn’t high that the Falcons can pull off the feat.
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ESPN simulated the final-three weeks of the regular season. It feels like the third verse is the same as the first. The Falcons finish 7-10 for the third straight year under Smith.
Week 16: Indianapolis Colts 17, Atlanta Falcons 16
Week 17: Atlanta Falcons 16, Chicago Bears 24
Week 18: Atlanta Falcons 21, New Orleans Saints 18
However, if there’s a silver lining for Falcons fans, their Week 18 win over the Saints knocks New Orleans out of the playoffs. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers win the NFC South at 8-9 and face the Dallas Cowboys.
Atlanta Falcons fans may be hoping for a 6-11 finish and a higher pick in the NFL Draft. 6-11 earned the No. 7 pick in the last two NFL Drafts. No. 7 is getting into shouting distance of quarterbacks Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye, and Caleb Williams. The Falcons chances of moving up in the draft increase with another top-ten pick.