The Falcons are coming off their first loss of the year, but should rebound against a slumping Arizona team. The Cards started hot at 4-0, but since them have dropped 5 straight. A major reason for that is that they lost their starting QB Kevin Kolb. Kolb was far from incredible, but he gave them the best chance to win. To add to that starting RB Beanie Wells is also out. Fill in Ryan Williams has been in and out with injuries of his own, leaving Stephens-Howlings as the starter. The offensive line is far from elite, which makes this entire offense a bit of a mess.
Now, John Skelton isn’t far off from Kevin Kolb. Neither probably deserve to be starters, but each are capable of putting a game or two together. Skelton has struggled recently, so I don’t expect him to break out of his funk against a bitter Falcons team. Even star WR Larry Fitzgerald has struggled to make big plays with such a mediocre play at Quarterback. Atlanta has a lot of reasons to win this game. They need to keep pace as the top team in the NFC to keep home field advantage in their sights. They also don’t need to allow one loss turn into a second half slump. Arizona has some talent, obvious from their 4-0 start, but have proven to be still a very beatable team to say the least.
For the Falcons, they may be without wideout Julio Jones. He is listed as Questionable, and seen as a true game-time decision this week. That would be a bit a blow to the Falcons offense, but they have plenty in Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez to compensate. Harry Douglas also seems likely to play, and should be fine as a fill in if Jones can’t go. No need to rush him. I’ll predict this game as a big margin win for the Falcons. They are going to come out hard after taking their first loss. Arizona is a team Atlanta should crush, and they will tomorrow.