The Atlanta Falcons are 1-3 and facing another tough challenge this week

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The Atlanta Falcons are 1-3 and facing another tough challenge this week

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Coach Dan Quinn , in his fourth season, has been in this situation before and still led the Falcons to the playoffs."My guess is in December and January we'll look back on these games much like we do in past years," Quinn said Monday. "In '17 we had a tough stretch with Buffalo, Miami and New England, or the year before in the opener when the sky was falling externally. I want you to know inside it's not."Quinn insists the Falcons have the right mindset to turn the season around, but their defense must make some quick fixes if Atlanta is to stop a two-game skid with a victory Sunday at Pittsburgh. The Falcons gave up 80 points the last two weeks at home, allowing New Orleans and Cincinnati to overcome late deficits in the closing seconds."The best thing about our team is the attitude that they're in it for one another and the togetherness that it's going to take," Quinn said. "We'll just throw all of our focus, all of our attention right into right now, and that'll be this week's preparation. But I will say you've got to learn from these."Injuries have caused matchup problems for the defense. Starting safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen are out for the season, and middle linebacker Deion Jones, the defensive captain, had foot surgery and will miss at least the next six weeks.The Falcons have plugged in Damontae Kazee at strong safety. He took 73 snaps, tied with cornerback Robert Alford for the most on Sunday, and had his first career interception. Rookie Isaiah Oliver, a second-round draft pick, made his first career start and manned both free safety and cornerback.The loss of Neal and Allen hurt most against the Bengals when the Falcons lined up in nickel. Longtime starting cornerback Desmond Trufant, usually a regular on the left side, moved to the slot while Brian Poole went from nickel to safety and Oliver went to left cornerback.It all unraveled on the last drive.With 1:30 remaining Atlanta Falcons T-Shirt , defensive end Vic Beasley sacked Andy Dalton to force and recover a fumble, but the ruling was changed and Cincinnati kept the ball. Trufant dropped an interception on the next play and defended a third-down pass before Tyler Boyd beat him for a fourth-down catch to the Atlanta 24.After Boyd and Dalton beat Trufant for another fourth-down completion, the Bengals used their last timeout with 12 seconds remaining. They had no choice but to throw the ball into the end zone on the next play. That way, if it wasn't successful, they would get a chance at one last snap.Defensive coordinator Marquand Manual quickly switched the Falcons from man to zone coverage, which might have worked if Oliver hadn't let A.J. Green streak behind him and emerge wide open for the winning catch.It was a big mistake, leaving a rookie with a chance to be out of position against Green, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection."In that moment, in that part of the field, you want (Oliver) to play it from high to low," Quinn said. "As opposed to a communication error, that was a technique error. Those scars aren't fun."Quinn was also disappointed that Dalton threw a pair of easy TD passes in the first half when Tyler Eifert and John Ross were wide open."Correction-wise we allowed two touchdowns on two-seam routes, and we know that we certainly haven't seen that happen against our defense and the style that we play," Quinn said. "So for us to foul up those two, that part we know we can get corrected."NOTES: Quinn hopes that RB Devonta Freeman and DE Derrick Shelby will be full participants when the Falcons return to practice Wednesday. Freeman has missed three straight games with a right knee injury. Shelby has been out two games with a groin injury. DT Grady Jarrett is still being evaluated after leaving the final drive with an ankle injury. Welcome to Week 11 of the 2018 College Football Empires Map. Here are the rules:To begin the season, each FBS team was given control of its surrounding territory. Each game that involves one or two teams with territory results in the winner claiming all of it. Results carry on week to week, so teams are always in the process of trying to regain or expand land. For more detailed rules, check out Week 1’s explanation.Here’s the updated 2018 map after Week 11, with notes to follow.Alabama posted their second shutout in a row and annihilated Mississippi State Atlanta Falcons Hats , taking control of Starkville, Manhattan (Kansas), Lexington, Gainesville, Louisiana Lafayette, and Central Michigan.Iowa State fought Baylor and added Colorado State, Oklahoma, and several territories in Maryland to its empire.Ohio State defeated Michigan State and retook its homeland, as well as all of the land lost in the Purdue game.In a battle of independent teams, BYU defeated UMass, taking charge of UAB from the Minutemen.Stony Brook defeated Delaware, capturing Temple’s home territory, which has been passed around the FCS.Next week!Iowa State and Texas will fight to keep their Big 12 title hopes alive and, more importantly, will also be playing for all of the land that the Big 12 owns.Notre Dame will look to keep its undefeated season alive, along with all the land gathered in a somewhat surprising top-15 matchup against Syracuse.UCF will take on its first top-25 opponent of the season, Cincinnati, which will hope to show College GameDay and the nation it’s deserving of a New Year’s Six position.UAB, an army that only relaunched itself two years ago Atlanta Falcons Hoodie , will take on Texas A&M to protect its land and look to gain its first-ever AP Top 25 ranking.Army will take on its second consecutive FCS team this week, but this one will likely prove more of a challenge. Colgate enters 9-0 with a scoring differential of 223-26.The season to this point:Stats!Territories1. Notre Dame- 212. Alabama- 173. Iowa State- 16t4. Ohio State and Clemson- 12CountiesAlabama - 556Iowa State - 320Notre Dame - 313Michigan - 306Arizona State - 268PopulationNotre Dame -65,906,571Ohio State -44,483,938Iowa State -29,223,468Clemson -24,114,545Alabama -23,947,383Land Area (sq. miles)Georgia - 700,256Arizona State - 454,000Alabama - 376,708Notre Dame - 353,924Iowa State -289,638We’re also keeping track of a version of this map that began in 2017 and is running for multiple years.On the Historical Map, Iowa State defeated Baylor, gaining the homelands of UAB and Coastal CarolinaOhio State spent the last three weeks without a presence on the Historical Map. That Youth Customized Atlanta Falcons Jerseys , however, came to an end this week as the Buckeyes defeated Michigan State and took back the empire they had lost to Purdue.Week 12 Historical Map games ranked by likelihood of land transferSMU vs. Memphis: Memphis enters as a favorite, but SMU has been improving greatly as the season continues, taking Cincinnati to overtime and defeating Houston. Both are also looking to keep their American title hopes alive.Iowa State vs. Texas: Both enter tied for third in the Big 12. The winner will stay alive in the Big 12 title race, and the loser will be eliminated.UCF vs. Cincinnati: The two front runners in the American face off for all the land UCF has gathered, the lead in the AAC, and the lead in the race for the Group of 5 New Year’s Six spot.Notre Dame vs. Syracuse: Syracuse will look to destroy Notre Dame’s title hopes and move into the top 10 as well.Ohio State vs. Maryland: Maryland will look for a good moment in a disaster of a season with an upset over Ohio State, a loss that would eliminate Ohio State from the Playoff.Georgia vs. UMass: If UMass wins this game, it would go down as one of the biggest upsets ever.North Dakota State vs. Southern Illinois: Southern Illinois has two wins this season. North Dakota State has won 16 games in a row and won 24 of their last 25. Southern Illinois doesn’t have much of a chance, to say the least.Alabama vs. The Citadel: The Citadel has experience beating an SEC team, as they beat South Carolina in 2015. That Citadel team, however, was 8-3, and that South Carolina team was 3-8. This season is a different story. This Citadel team is 4-5, and this Alabama team is one of the best teams of all time. Simply put, this would be an upset that not even 2007 could’ve given us.

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