The Atlanta Falcons are 1-4, and their much-hyped 2013 season is now on life support. In the interest of full disclosure, you should know that I live in New York (check my bio if you want to know how I came to cover the Atlanta Falcons) and have seen every Jets game this year either in person or on local television.
With that background, there are three things I want you to know about the Jets: (1) They aren't as bad as they were Week 4 against the Titans; (2) Muhammad Wilkerson was already playing at a Pro Bowl level before Monday night; but most importantly, (3) they still had absolutely no business beating the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on a night when Atlanta should have been in must-win mode.
Monday night was a sum of all fears for Atlanta Falcons fans. Atlanta's defense made Geno Smith look like Andrew Luck, while its offensive line and special teams units put together arguably their worst efforts of a lackluster season. To make matters worse, Falcons coach Mike Smith offered clear and convincing evidence that even he is beginning to panic when he made a bizarre decision at the end of the first half.
Let's begin what promises to be a lively week of sports talk in Atlanta by reviewing our game grades from the Falcons' 30-28 loss to the Jets.