The Atlanta Falcons are on a roll at the perfect time of the year.
They absolutely embarrassed the Jacksonville Jaguars 41-14 on Thursday night, dominating in every facet of the game.
Here are five observations to take home from this blowout:
1. Matt Ryan is heating up
After suffering a head-scratching slump for a large chunk of the season, he has been lighting defenses up of late. He was 19-of-26 with 224 passing yards and three TDs on Thursday despite not taking a single snap in the fourth quarter. This comes a week after throwing for 320 yards and four TDs.
Take note, fantasy players.
2. Blaine Gabbert is missing something
He plays not to get hit, which is a death sentence in the NFL. Through 57 minutes the Jags had six net passing yards and Gabbert had turned the ball over three times.
He is consistently putting up horrific number like this and the Jags brass has to start wondering if they made a huge mistake. He isn’t showing signs of improvement and I’m starting to wonder if he is missing something that fellow young QBs Cam Newton, Andy Dalton and Tim Tebow have.
3. Roddy White is back
White has finally emerged from his first-half slump and is back to being one of the top five receivers in the league. He had 135 yards and two scores while looking impossible to stop on Thursday. He has now scored a touchdown in each of his last four games.
His issues with drops are over.
4. Maurice Jones-Drew and Steven Jackson have a lot in common
Both play their tails off each and every week and are always in the top 10 in total touches each year. Yet both of them are saddled with miserable franchises that seem to have no sense of direction whatsoever.
A lot of credit needs to be given to Mojo for not giving up on the season while he watches teammates all around him do as much. He finished with 112 yards on 17 carries last night.
Can somebody throw Mojo a bone and trade for him?
5. The Falcons are going to be the fifth seed in the NFC
It looks like 10 wins gets you in this year and Atlanta is now only one away. After starting the season 2-3, this team has come a long way.
While the road game against the Saints will be a tough one, home against Tampa Bay in Week 17 should seal the deal, especially with the struggles of the Lions and Bears recently.