The Atlanta Falcons’ three-year regime, led by head coach Arthur Smith and general manager Terry Fontenot, is critically ill for this reason: Verify the home attendance bottom line.
Which home attendance?
That is, however, speaking relatively.
Among the 31 other teams, the Atlanta Falcons had the seventh-highest percentage of empty seats at home games at the end of the inaugural season of that regime (2021), according to ESPN.com. The Falcons’ position in 2019, the final NFL season complete before the pandemic, was seven spots lower.
Subsequently, the Falcons experienced a decline to the third-highest percentage in the same category the previous year. It is worth noting that the team concluded the 2021 and 2022 seasons with a record of 7-9 and missed the playoffs.
The Falcons started NFL action on Sunday at 4-6 and quickly became the team with the highest percentage of empty seats at home. After those first six games, the average attendance in a stadium that can hold 75,000 football fans was 69,685. This suggests that another 7-9 finish—or worse—is in the cards for the Falcons.
Not good for Smith and Fontenot specifically, nor for the Falcons as a whole, given that twelve other NFL teams were playing at full strength or better during that stretch of the season. Even worse for the Falcons, in 2017 they paid approximately $2 billion to the government to complete the construction of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
So, the Falcons have become imaginative to fill seats.
The Falcons weren’t taking any chances, even though the Saints were in town on Sunday for the Atlanta leg of this annual two-game rivalry between southern NFL teams, which will continue in New Orleans on January 7. Keeping in mind that this is hip hop’s 50th anniversary, they reached out to almost all Atlanta-based artists in the genre to have appearances both before and during the Saints game.
T.I., Jeezy, Quavo, Big Boi, CeeLo, Jermaine Dupri, and Ludacris. The Falcons estimated that they had honoured 60 rappers as guests, and judging by the number of people who showed up at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, the promotion was successful.
The crowd of 70,166 for the Falcons was precisely 481 more than their previous average.
Greetings from Atlanta. where the athletes engage in play.
Cash is not a thing.
Show them off.
Does that mean I’m crazy?
whichever suits you.
I’ve never been afraid.
However, perhaps a small portion of that marginally (very slightly) larger group The Falcons’ usual boost in home attendance on Sunday came from fans who travelled the 469 miles from Bayou Country for the game, which ended with the Falcons defeating the Saints 24-15. The rivalry now stands at 54-54. It was a struggle for control of the NFC South, and because the Falcons and New Orleans have the same record, they have the advantage in the head-to-head matchup.
They are six (6).
Yes, that is indeed problematic.
With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 4-7 and the Carolina Panthers at 1-10, the NFC South is also in order overall.
The Falcons appeared unsteady against the Saints, but the Saints appeared more formidable. Desmond Ridder, the quarterback for the Falcons, only knew that his team had ended a three-game losing streak after the game, despite their continuous problems with tackling and the forward pass. Adding two more interceptions to his season total of eight, along with six fumbles lost, didn’t help the situation.
After the game, Ridder told me and the other reporters, “Go out and get a win, whatever it came, good, bad, or ugly.”
When discussing the final stretch of the season in his post-game remarks, Smith stated, “This thing is going to play out.” “There are still six games left. The National Football League will seem like six lifetimes to you.
The Saints, one of the biggest 2023 busts in the NFL, are no different. The Saints were expected to bring back the glory days of quarterback Drew Brees (a perennial Pro Bowl player who won the Super Bowl MVP award in February 2010) after they signed free agent Derek Carr to a four-year contract worth up to $150 million prior to the season. However, their offence could only muster five field goals and no touchdowns against the Falcons.
Rather, Carr, who has been injured frequently, undid the majority of his impressive performance on Sunday (24 of 38 passes for 304 yards) by hitting Falcons safety Jessie Bates with a pick-6 in the first quarter, who then ran 92 yards the other way to reach the end zone.