1. Ridley update: Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who is away from the team indefinitely to work on his mental well-being, was placed on the non-football injury list by the team on Nov. 5. He has not played in the last four games and the Falcons 1-3 over that stretch. When the Falcons placed him on the NFI list, he was set to miss at least three games.
The window is open for his potential return, but coach Arthur Smith said he did not have an update on his status on Friday.
Ridley missed the game against the Jets in London on Oct. 10 because of a personal matter. He played against Miami on Oct. 24 and caught a touchdown pass in the 30-28 victory.
Ridley has 31 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns this season.
2. Betting line: The Falcons at Jaguars game opened as a pick-em game with the over-and-under in points set at 47.5 on betonline.ag.
3. Series history: This will be the eighth regular-season meeting with the Jaguars. The Falcons lead the series 4-3. The Falcons won the last meeting 22-12 on Dec. 22, 2019. The Falcons have won the last three meetings. The teams regularly meet in the exhibition season.
4. Fixing the offense: Smith said that the staff is in the solution business and that they would fix their issues over the mini-break.
The major issue is getting the offense back on track without Ridley (mental health, non-football injured list), wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson (ankle, expected to miss another game) and tight end Hayden Hurst (ankle, injured reserve).
The offense has not scored a touchdown over the last 27 possessions.
5. Fixing the offensive line: Smith was patient earlier in the season with rookies Jalen Mayfield and punter Cam Nizialek. It will be curious to see if he juggles the offensive line which has struggled on run blocking and pass protection.
One solution could be to move rookie Drew Dalman to center (Matt Hennessy is struggling), Hennessey or Josh Andrews (on COVID-19 list) to right guard and Mayfield to right tackle. Kaleb McGary’s letting the speed rush just blow by him is getting old and they can’t run behind him in the run game.
Jarvis Davis of 92.9 The Game has called for McGary’s benching. He didn’t like the at McGary didn’t help Matt Ryan up after a sack against the Patriots. That couldn’t have gone over well in the locker room.
Davis, who played on the line at Albany State, knows the code for the trenches.
Smith didn’t have an update on the return of Matt Gono, who could also help along the line which is getting stuffed in short-yardage situations.
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Atlanta Falcons schedule and scores
Eagles 32, Falcons 6
Buccaneers 48, Falcons 25
Falcons 17, Giants 14
Washington 34, Falcons 30
Falcons 27, Jets 20
Falcons 30, Dolphins 28
Panthers 19, Falcons 13
Falcons 27, Saints 25
Cowboys 43, Falcons 3
Patriots 25, Falcons 0
Next four games
Falcons at Jacksonville, 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 28
Tampa Bay at Falcons, 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5
Falcons at Carolina, 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12
Falcons at San Francisco, 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19