Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, October 18, 2020 – 01:00 PM EDT at U.S. Bank Stadium
The Falcons fired their head coach Dan Quinn and now the defensive coordinator takes over. Some have argued that it doesn’t make sense considering the Falcons defense has been their worst asset this season. We’re about to find out if this was a good move this season.
A Look at Atlanta
The 0-5 Atlanta Falcons schedule isn’t getting any easier from here as fans thought it would by now. They’ll have to take on the Vikings team who kept up with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks a lot better than they did, losing by just one point in Week 5.
This is going to be a weird game since Atlanta is now without a head coach after owner Arthur Blank relieved Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff of their duties on Monday. This was due to their ugly 23-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. We don’t really know what to expect, honestly.
What we do know, is that the Falcons aren’t the offense people saw on paper heading into the 2020 season. They are averaging just 24.4 points per game on offense with their 32.2 PPG allowed ranking 30th in the NFL and have covered the spread just once in their five losses.
Matt Ryan is showing he is washed up and only completed 51% of his passes against the Panthers and threw an atrocious fourth quarter interception.
While Ryan didn’t shine like usual, Todd Gurley had his best performance so far rushing for 121 yards. Third-year receiver Calvin Ridley continued his journey to 1,000 yards recording 136 yards, recording over 400 so far this season. Julio Jones sat out and his absence was missed.
A Look at Minnesota
Atlanta is not the only losing team here. The Vikings suffered another tough loss in Week 5, losing 27-26 to Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. Minnesota nearly had the game in their hands until Seahawks QB1 Russ Wilson and WR DK Metcalf connected for a 6-yard touchdown with just a few seconds left on the clock. At least the Vikings covered the spread as a 6.5-point road underdogs.
This is a must-win game for the Vikings who are now 1-4. Atlanta needs a win too, but their season is basically over unless interim coach Raheem Morris can win the next 11.
QB Kirk Cousins has yet to show consistency recording 249 passing yards and two TDs in Seattle, but still getting picked-off.
RB Delvin Cook is doubtful for this game, but rookie Justin Jefferson could make up that. The young wideout leads the team with 371 rushing yards and should continue his production against a Falcons weak defense.
Not only is Atlanta head coach-less, their sack monster, Grady Jarrett is injured and All-Pro top receiver Julio Jones is dealing with a hamstring injury. Kirk Cousins almost came to life last week on the road. The Falcons offense has cooled off and the Vikings will come into this one to give them an 0-6 start.