At this point his status remains uncertain for the regular-season finale against Carolina. Atlanta is currently a 3 1/2-point home favorite against Carolina, according to Vegas Insider. The winner will advance to the postseason.
In what seemed like an unfavorable matchup with the Saints stepping up their offensive production in recent weeks, the
Of course, a long fumble recovery return for a touchdown in the game's closing seconds padded that number a good bit, but the Falcons genuinely did play good defense, limiting the Saints to 14 points on 328 yards. They had two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and a season-high five sacks, as many as in their previous five games combined.
Though they weren't at their best with tough matchups against the Packers and Steelers in Weeks 14 and 15, the Falcons have done a better job of forcing turnovers in the second half of the season, and it made a big difference in Week 16. Still, outside of deeper leagues, you have no reason to resort to the Falcons DST against Carolina in Week 17.