Atlanta Falcons: Why Their Postseason Hopes Ended with the Julio Jones Injury

October 12, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Atlanta Falcons are 1-4, and I don't have to do much convincing to tell you that their odds of making the playoffs are all but completely and utterly eliminated.
Many experts had them pegged for a Super Bowl berth. Now, they are four games behind the New Orleans Saints for a division lead many thought was pretty much their birthright. Worst of all, their best playmaker in Julio Jones is gone for the season. 
Without Jones, their once potent offence is now an afterthought. They've got a brutal schedule on their plate as far as defenses are concerned: Tampa Bay (twice), Carolina, Seattle and New Orleans all remain on their schedule. All of those defensive units rank inside the top 10 on Football Outsiders' defensive efficiency list. 
Jones was the engine that drove this offense, given Roddy White's debilitating high-ankle sprain. He's the NFL league leader in receptions and is second in receiving yards behind Jimmy Graham of the Saints; he is a...

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