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NFL Week 12 Practice Squad Power Rankings 2022: Falcons need a jolt at wide receiver

NFL Week 12 Practice Squad Power Rankings 2022: Falcons need a jolt at wide receiver

In October, while waiting in the impossibly long school pick-up line for my kindergartener, I recorded a TikTok emphatically stating “the Falcons are going to make the NFC playoffs.” 

Now, this wasn’t a disingenuous take born strictly from a time when I had literally nothing to do, I had watched the film and done some research. While I conceded Atlanta was going about their offense in a very unconventional way — by being extremely run heavy during the NFL‘s passing renaissance — that philosophy was working. 

In that video, I mention that not only were the Falcons seventh in Football Outsiders offensive DVOA at the time (!), the schedule appeared to be “light” down the stretch, although in the NFL, you never really know how a game is going to play out beforehand. 

Since the publication of that video, the Falcons got smoked by the Bengals, won in absurd fashion at home against the Panthers, lost by a field goal to the Chargers, were handled in Carolina by P.J. Walker and D’Onta Foreman then squeaked out a victory against Justin Fields and the Bears at home. 

Left on the schedule? At the suddenly fun Commanders, home against the Steelers, at the Saints and Ravens, then back-to-back at home against the Cardinals and Bucs. 

Atlanta’s quietly sitting at 5-6, certainly in the thick of the wild-card hunt, and just a half-game behind the Buccaneers for lead in the NFC North. Crazy, I know. Normally, their -15 point-differential would indicate this Falcons teams has no chance at the playoffs, but that differential isn’t at the bottom of the conference. It’s close to being smack dab in the middle (9th). 

Back to the Falcons’ affinity for running the football. They’ve handed it off 361 times through 11 outings. Only Chicago’s done it more to date. That’s their identity. I do have a feeling they’ll have to move it aerially a little more frequently down the stretch to either sneak into the final wild-card spot or stun the Buccaneers for the divisional crown. 

On Thanksgiving, they waived wide receiver Bryan Edwards, whom they traded for before the season. And they just called up PSPR alum Frank Darby from the practice squad for Week 12’s contest against the Commanders. The receiver room is lackluster, less-than-ideal, etc. It could use — scratch that — will need a jolt in December. 

All that explains why I have a Falcons wideout at No. 1 this week in The PSPR. He was a…

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