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NFL Week 14 ‘Thursday Night Football’ game picks and predictions

NFL Week 14 ‘Thursday Night Football’ game picks and predictions

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Week 14 of the 2022 NFL season kicks off with a Thursday Night Football matchup between two teams heading in opposite directions: the Las Vegas Raiders (5-7) and Los Angeles Rams (3-9). Read on for our picks and predictions. Week 14 of the 2022 NFL season kicks off with a rare interconference matchup on Thursday Night Football. The ascending Las Vegas Raiders (5-7) travel to take on the sinking Los Angeles Rams (3-9) in a game between two of the most disappointing teams in football. The Rams are in dire straits at quarterback and will likely be...
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What the switch to Desmond Ridder might mean for the Falcons

What the switch to Desmond Ridder might mean for the Falcons

Photo by Steph Chambers/ Atlanta gets a look at their potential franchise quarterback, and they’ll try to open things up a bit through the air. Desmond Ridder is starting. This was the latest logical point to insert the rookie into the lineup in 2022, as I noted back in October, and the Falcons are taking advantage of a bye and a recent skid to make the change. We don’t really know what to expect from Ridder, but we know the Falcons are ready to throw him into the fire on the road against the hated Saints, which tells you they think he can hold his own. We can,...
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Desmond Ridder is the starting QB for the Falcons: The Falcoholic Live

Desmond Ridder is the starting QB for the Falcons: The Falcoholic Live

Hosts Kevin Knight and Adnan Ikic are here for an emergency live show to break down the Falcons decision to start rookie QB Desmond Ridder heading into Week 15. It all starts at 3 PM ET on Falcoholic Live. Fellow Falcoholics, welcome to an emergency session of The Falcoholic Live! Hosts Kevin Knight and Adnan Ikic are here to break down the Atlanta Falcons decision to start rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder heading into Week 15. The team has not yet made the announcement officially, but it has been reported by multiple NFL insiders. We’ll break down the (overdue) decision,...
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Desmond Ridder will be announced as the new starting quarterback for the Falcons

Desmond Ridder will be announced as the new starting quarterback for the Falcons

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ The Falcons will turn to QB Desmond Ridder in Week 15, per reports. The rookie gets his shot in a charged matchup against Atlanta’s biggest rival: the Saints. I felt pretty strongly that we would see Desmond Ridder this season, but the question was always when. The answer, after 13 games on the Marcus Mariota roller coaster with all its thrilling highs and infuriating lows, appears to be Week 15. Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Atlanta Falcons will announce Ridder as their starter for Sunday’s tilt against the Saints. The rookie will...
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With a QB change looming, it’s time to look back at Marcus Mariota’s impact in Atlanta

With a QB change looming, it’s time to look back at Marcus Mariota’s impact in Atlanta

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ As a long-awaited quarterback change appears imminent in Atlanta, it’s time to look back on Mariota’s time as the Falcons’ quarterback. The expectations were always low for the former number two overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft in Atlanta. As Marcus Mariota joined the Falcons, it was in the midst of a toxic period where Matt Ryan was traded for a mere third-round pick after the pursuit of Deshaun Watson. The idea of moving forward with a quarterback that lost his starting job in Tennessee and spent the last two years backing up Derek Carr...
Dec 7, 2022
Jalen Mayfield not activated from IR, will miss rest of 2022

Jalen Mayfield not activated from IR, will miss rest of 2022

Photo by Mike Stobe/ The blocker completes his second season where things didn’t go according to plan. Terry Fontenot used very limited resources in his first NFL Draft running the show for the Atlanta Falcons snagging a 6-foot-5, 320-pound blocker to fix Atlanta’s bad left guard spot. Could the former Michigan tackle move inside and develop into a top guard? We still don’t know. Mayfield, widely believed to be a project, was thrust into the starting spot by the first snap of the 2021 season thanks to a preseason injury to presumed starter Josh Andrews. Mayfield,...
Dec 7, 2022
What changes could the Falcons make during the bye? The Falcoholic Live, Ep222

What changes could the Falcons make during the bye? The Falcoholic Live, Ep222

Hosts Kevin Knight and Adnan Ikic are here to discuss the potential changes the Falcons could consider making during their Week 14 bye, including our thoughts on Desmond Ridder. It all starts at 8 PM ET on Falcoholic Live. Fellow Falcoholics, welcome to episode 222 of The Falcoholic Live! Hosts Kevin Knight and Adnan Ikic are here to discuss the potential changes the Atlanta Falcons could consider making during their Week 14 bye, including our thoughts on when Desmond Ridder could start at quarterback. We’ll also throw in some Draft Takes and a bit of 2023 free agency talk...
Dec 7, 2022
Falcons Reacts Survey: Week 14

Falcons Reacts Survey: Week 14

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the year we ask questions of the most plugged-in Atlanta Falcons fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to participate. Please take our survey
Dec 7, 2022
What lineup changes might the Falcons make over the final four games?

What lineup changes might the Falcons make over the final four games?

Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Aside from quarterback, we’re more likely to see tweaks than drastic changes. The Falcons have vowed to make changes coming out of the bye. The likeliest—and largest—change will be at quarterback, where the team is very evidently considering switching to rookie Desmond Ridder. Might the team make other changes? Let me spoil the article a bit: Aside from one position, there aren’t likely to be drastic lineup changes. The Falcons don’t have plug-and-play young starters at multiple positions, and there is no one...
Dec 7, 2022
Falcons rookie report for Week 13: London rolling

Falcons rookie report for Week 13: London rolling

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ The rookies have been key players for the Falcons this year, and over the final four games, we’ll hopefully see even more of them. Here’s this week’s rookie report, with a focus on a big day from Drake London, more quality play from Tyler Allgeier, and more. WR Drake London: Career-best day One of the great frustrations of the passing attack this year has been watching this team throw for under 200 yards and not utilize their two best weapons, Kyle Pitts and Drake London, frequently or effectively enough. It has been doubly frustrating...
Dec 7, 2022
Which team in the AFC most closely resembles the Falcons?

Which team in the AFC most closely resembles the Falcons?

Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments. Good morning, Falcoholics, and welcome to today’s open thread. Today we have a pretty simple question for you: Which team in the AFC reminds you the most of the Falcons? This one was a lot easier for me to answer than yesterday’s about which Falcons player, past or present, I’d most like to have a beer with. I had to list my Top 5 options because I couldn’t choose just one. But I feel like this one has a really clear answer, and it’s the Los Angeles Chargers. The...
Dec 7, 2022
Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Wednesday, Dec. 7

Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Wednesday, Dec. 7

Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via LINKS No bye week blues here, as the Falcons need Sunday off in absolutely the worst way. When they return in Week 15 to take on the Saints, it’s looking like there could be a change at quarterback in the offing. More on that in today’s Falcoholinks. The time is now After the latest calamitous conclusion to a Falcons game — which again involved in a game-losing interception — we’ve officially reached the point where Atlanta needs to give rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder a start. With Arthur Smith’s...
Dec 6, 2022
Falcons vs. Steelers: Hat tips & head-scratchers

Falcons vs. Steelers: Hat tips & head-scratchers

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ Mariota misfires. The Falcons latest home loss felt like an away game, with so many Steeler fans in attendance you would think they were doling out free pours of Iron City Lager and Primanti Bros. While the crowd was vocal, the lions on Pittsburgh’s defense were at the gates early, eliminating Atlanta’s run game with a firm front and forcing Marcus Mariota to make gains through the air. While the Falcons would establish their ground attack in the second half, the game was ultimately decided by Mariota’s arm — and you know how that went....
Dec 6, 2022
Falcons really need to just finally start QB Desmond Ridder already

Falcons really need to just finally start QB Desmond Ridder already

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ Like, c’mon, just do it already. The Atlanta Falcons are not going to the playoffs this year. Barring some unholy intervention that slips the bonds of God, man, time and space, the Falcons will be spending the month of January planning for the future. It’s not really surprising. The 2022 team has found a lot of fight in a much-maligned roster, and that can and should translate to something more in the future. There’s really no reason to be all that upset about games like Sunday. Sure, you want to win those, but this is just where the...
Dec 6, 2022
NFC South report after Week 13: Tampa Bay is still afloat

NFC South report after Week 13: Tampa Bay is still afloat

Photo by Mike Carlson/ All of these teams are seriously flawed and playing lousy football, and one of them is going to the playoffs regardless. The NFC South was, not all that long ago, a fiercely competitive division featuring some of the best teams in football. From 2010-2020, the division sent teams to the NFC Conference Championship in five seasons and to the Super Bowl in three years, and the battles for the crown in the South were frequently great. Now, though, this division might be the worst in football. None of these teams have a surefire franchise quarterback...