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The Falcons are currently the physical manifestation of Murphy's Law, as almost everything that could go wrong has through the first five games of the season.
Last year, the Falcons were the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC. This year, they're 1-4 and are losing games in hideous fashion.
The latest debacle was Monday night's 30-28 home loss to the Jets. Coach Mike Smith's call to go for a touchdown at the end of the first half, eschewing a chip-shot field goal, was ridiculous and indefensible. Running the ball up the gut with the diminutive Jacquizz Rodgers was an even dumber decision.
The defense has been largely unable to mount a pass rush or make big stops, and the passing game has yet to truly click. Receiver Roddy White hasn't been healthy all season, and on Tuesday, the team suffered a major blow with the news that the team's other star receiver, Julio Jones, could miss the rest of the season with a foot injury suffered in the loss on Monday night, per Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.
The team enters their bye week in tatters, a full four games behind the Saints in the NFC South.
But all is not lost. The Falcons still employ quarterback Matt Ryan, and if they can get running back Steven Jackson and White healthy, the offense should be good enough to keep the team in games.
A run at a wild-card spot is still possible, but forget about the Super Bowl. At this point, Atlanta will be lucky to even qualify for the postseason.
NEXT GAME: Tampa Bay (Week 7)