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Not much to analyze with this game – as expected the Falcons toyed with and blew out the 49ers. 13 losses in a row and counting for San Francisco. Atlanta will be favored to win out and finish 11–5…winners of the NFC South. Possible #2 seed. Even a loss in the next two weeks – they’ll probably make the playoffs, but would be in some danger of losing the NFC South. The heavy odds favor an Atlanta NFC South title and a #2–4 seed.
I don’t have many notes from this joke of a game…
— This is how the 49ers’ season has been going – young TE prospect Blake Bell (1-45-0/1 target) gets his shot at more time with Vance McDonald on the I.R. He has a nice catch-and-run 45-yard play in the first quarter, and then gets hurt and lost for the game and now for the season. Blake Bell and Vance McDonald are nice TE prospects, but the stink of ’49ers’ is all over them.
— In a blowout, the Falcons kept feeding Devonta Freeman (20-139-3, 2-16-0/2 targets) because that’s their go-to. It’s why you cannot trust Tevin Coleman (14-58-0, 2-8-0/2 targets) week to week for touches. Up one week, nothing the next.
Someday, Coleman will push past Freeman…but not today…not this season.
— Taylor Gabriel (3-60-1-/6 targets) has 7 TDs in the past seven games…6 receiving, 1 rushing. He leads all Falcons’ WRs in receiving TDs…yep, more than non-TD maker Julio Jones (5).
In other news, the Browns are 0–14 (the team who released Gabriel this season).
Justin Hardy (1-16-0/2 targets) is stuck on this roster for a couple of years until he can hit free agency. The Falcons are using every WR but him in the passing game. Hardy has potential to be a solid+ ‘hands’ WR in the NFL if he gets a chance, but more likely he is going to be lost in the shuffle over the years. It’s a shame.
— IDP Jaquiski Tartt (8 tackles, 0.5 TFL) is starting to rack numbers, after a not-so-hot beginning of his role as a starter a few weeks ago, Tartt has averaged 10.0 tackles per game the past two games. He’s becoming a top 12 DB start potentially the final two weeks.
— As bad as the 49ers have been, I’m not sure I’d rush to use the Rams DST against them this week…as opposed to some other sleeper plays. I mean, there is logic as a ‘sleeper’ play, but the Rams are a hot mess as well…with nothing to play for. Pride? Probably not.
— Atlanta’s DST has had a nice run the past two weeks, but it’s schedule based facing Goff-Kaepernick. Not as easy facing a Carolina team that hasn’t totally rolled over yet. The Panthers are probably going to give them a game at Carolina. I wouldn’t call the Falcons a sleeper DST for Week 16 or 17.