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Atlanta Falcons: Not that they aren’t capable, but the Atlanta Falcons would have to win eight of their last 11 games to avoid their first losing season under head coach Mike Smith.
Then again, are they capable? Things went from bad to worse following the Falcons' 30-28 loss to the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. Wide receiver Julio Jones, the NFL’s leader in receptions after five weeks of play, is now lost for the season.
Lost is what the Falcons are these days. The team has allowed 134 points in five games—131 of that in the final three quarters.
The running game, with or without Steven Jackson, has been a disappointment. But perhaps we’ll see the Rams’ all-time rushing leader when Atlanta returns to action against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7.
Miami Dolphins: The euphoria of the team’s first 3-0 start since 2002 has been tempered by two losses in the span of seven days.
One week after being handled on a Monday night at the Superdome by the New Orleans Saints, Joe Philbin’s Miami Dolphins dropped a 26-23 decision to the Baltimore Ravens.
The team’s offensive line continues to be an issue. Against the defending Super Bowl champions, the Dolphins ran for 22 yards on 11 carries. It was the second time this season that Philbin’s club had failed to rush for at least 25 yards in a game.
Meanwhile, quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked six times by the Ravens. In five games this season, the second-year pro has been dumped 24 times.
The Dolphins have a little extra time before they host the Buffalo Bills in Week 7, their first game versus a divisional opponent in 2013.