Commanders vs Falcons (W6)
On October 15, the Atlanta Falcons will face the Washington Commanders at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for week 6 of the 2023 NFL Season.
With so much available cap room, the Falcons might have handed Jackson a contract which would have proven extremely difficult for the Baltimore Ravens to equal. It might not have cost a big deal to trade the Ravens 2 1st-round selections; just consider other previous quarterback swaps. The Falcons decided not to. In either case, they are putting a lot of trust in Desmond Ridder and using a run-first approach, which is uncommon in this day and age. The Falcons selected a running back in their 8th overall choice rather than betting everything on an excellent quarterback.
The Falcons are convinced that rushing the ball relieves stress from Ridder and a defense which continues to develop. There are many different ways to succeed in the NFL. And you are probably better off going all-in if you’d like to be known as a run-first squad. Due in part to the weak NFC South, the Falcons continue to be in the running for the playoffs. Although Marcus Mariota experienced a subpar season, Atlanta finished the previous campaign 7-10. With 4 matches remaining, Ridder stepped over and performed admirably as a 3rd-round rookie. It appears that the Falcons were won over by him, at least sufficiently to grant him the opportunity to start every game this year.
The 2023 Commanders’ game is unlikely to be significantly changed by the shift of ownership, and it could take some time until the new owners can devote their whole attention to improving the on-field performance. It doesn’t appear as if the alteration instantly elevates the Commanders to Super Bowl contender status. There’s quite a bit of fixing to do. There’s little reason to think things will improve this year. Although the Commanders had a chance to get Lamar Jackson, they decided against it after Sam Howell, 5th round pick in 2022, made one start in the previous year.
For the franchise, poor management and overall gloom are not unusual. The Commanders only reached the playoffs on 5 occasions in the past century and have only had 1 victory. That happened in the 2005 campaign’s postseason wild-card stage. Since 1991, they have not finished their campaign with more than 10 victories, which is the longest streak in football in 17 years.
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