The Atlanta Falcons could be tougher than the KC Chiefs are anticipating.
The Kansas City Chiefs can clinch the No. 1 seed on Sunday and the easiest way for them to do so is to take down the Atlanta Falcons, their Week 16 opponent. There are so many jokes to make about the Falcons and how they constantly blow big leads and how they did so in Super Bowl LI. Everyone makes these jokes and while the Falcons are certainly deserving of those jokes being made at their expense, this is still a sneaky team.
That might seem funny to say despite the Falcons sitting at 4-10, but one of those four wins came against a Raiders team that handed KC their only loss of the year and nearly handed them their second loss as well. Atlanta has the offense to go blow-for-blow with the Chiefs and that’s why they’re not to be overlooked this weekend.
Does this mean I think that the Falcons will win? Well, no. The Chiefs are definitely the better team, but this season has shown us that when the Chiefs play a team who isn’t up to their standards, they sometimes take the afternoon off or put in half the effort.
The KC Chiefs need to take this game seriously.
Putting up points against the Falcons isn’t a worry, as their defense allows the fifth-most yards per game and have surrendered the second-most passing yards per game. This obviously bodes well for the Chiefs, who have the one and only Patrick Mahomes quarterbacking their offense. Scoring-wise, the Falcons sit right in the middle of the pack as far as points allowed per game go, but the Chiefs are going to score.
The Chiefs defense could have some issues with slowing down the Falcons offense, however. Matt Ryan might not be the same quarterback he was in 2016, but he’s putting up respectable numbers and just threw for 356 yards and three touchdowns against the Buccaneers. He has Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley to throw to as well and the last time these two teams met, Jones cooked them (though the Chiefs did win the game, for what it’s worth).
It’s been a rollercoaster of a season for the Kansas City defense, but hopefully, they’ll be able to hold their own against these Falcons offensive playmakers. It could be the difference between another close game and a blowout.
Beating Atlanta means that the Kansas City Chiefs are the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. The stakes couldn’t be higher, so the team needs to take the Falcons seriously.