Having already done a couple of big topics in video format, with the Bengals early-season struggles on offense and the Giants now 5-1 start, powered by Saquon Barkley, along with power rankings at the quarter-pole of the season, I thought this was the right time to kind of let readers into my world of tape study and really dive into the six biggest games from this past weekend. All teams involved in these matchups are now .500 or better, including some risers and what were labelled as championship contenders heading into the season, now at somewhat of a crossroads a month-and-a-half into the year.
Below, you can find my offense versus defense breakdowns when either team possessed the ball, along with some concluding general thoughts, from the following matchups: 49ers-Falcons, Vikings-Dolphins, Jets-Packers, Ravens-Giants, Bills-Chiefs and Cowboys-Eagles.
So here I listed the teams, that just finished fourth in their respective division, and ranked them based on the likelihood of winning it this year. I will describe the team itself, including some of the changes on the roster and coaching staff, talk about the challenges they will face inside their division and take a look at the schedule a little bit, in order to determine their chances of hosting a playoff game come next January. I also added a percentage at the very end, that I would give them of doing so.
On the heels of a winless, 0-5 start, the Atlanta Falcons have decided to fire head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Dimitroff had been GM since 2008. Quinn took over as head coach in 2015 and had a 46-44 record (including the playoffs).
Quinn, a defensive coach by trade typically fielded some of the worst defenses in the league; despite a 2016 Super Bowl run. The infamous 28-3 collapse during that Super Bowl seemingly resulted in a pattern of 2nd half collapses.
Atlanta’s inability to effectivley draft quality cornerbacks and pass rushers certainly contributed to the aforementioned. The Falcons have name Raheem Morris interim head coach. Owner Arthur Blank has indicated that Matt Ryan will have some input on who the next head coach will be. The Atlanta Falcons search begins.