Taylor Heinicke being named the Falcons’ starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings has raised several significant questions and has ripple effects for the team. Some key points to consider:
Quarterback Change: The Falcons are shifting from Desmond Ridder to Taylor Heinicke as their starting quarterback. It remains to be seen how Heinicke will perform in this role and what changes will occur in the Falcons’ offensive strategy. Meanwhile, the Vikings are replacing the injured Kirk Cousins with rookie Jaren Hall, presenting uncertainty for both teams.
Replacing Drake London: Wide receiver Drake London is sidelined due to a groin injury, leaving a gap in the Falcons’ receiving corps. This could impact the team’s passing game, and they will need to rely on other options like Kyle Pitts, Jonnu Smith, and Cordarrelle Patterson.
Replacing Grady Jarrett: The loss of Grady Jarrett, who is out for the season with a torn ACL, is a significant blow to the Falcons’ defense. Jarrett’s leadership and talent will be hard to replace, but the offseason acquisitions of David Onyemata, Calais Campbell, and Bud Dupree provide some depth along the defensive line.
Bijan Robinson’s Milestone: Rookie running back Bijan Robinson is on track to set a franchise record for reaching 700 scrimmage yards in the fewest games. His performance will be a key factor to watch in the game.
Looking Ahead to the Bye: The Falcons are approaching a crucial stretch of the season with games against the Vikings and Cardinals before their Week 11 bye. Their performance in these games will determine the team’s standing and momentum going into the later part of the season, particularly with important divisional games on the horizon. Scoring more touchdowns and stringing together wins are vital for the Falcons’ success.