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The requirements for a good defensive end in football are tricky. You need to be strong enough to overpower (or at least power through) a 300-pound offensive lineman when attempting to sack the quarterback. With the pass-happy NFL, nowadays a good defensive end also needs quick and nimble enough to bat down pass attempts by the quarterback or chase down a running back heading for the sidelines.
The Atlanta Falcons are the number one seed in the NFC as the playoffs approach, but their history shows that really doesn’t matter. This year’s Falcons’ team believes that won’t happen and this year is going to be “different”
Two big stories came out of the Falcons/Lions Saturday Night game. The first is who gets the top NFC Playoff seed. The other is the end of the “Madden Curse.”
Two final games in Atlanta’s 2012 regular season. If they win out, they’ll tie the franchise record for most wins in a season with the 1998 squad that went to the Super Bowl. Still, more people are going to be interested in seeing if and when Megatron will surpass Jerry Rice.
When the approximate 71,000 fans entered the Georgia Dome for the Week 15 game between the Falcons and Giants, everyone wanted a good game. What they didn’t know as they headed to the game, that history would be made: an NFL record for futility for New York, and an NFL record of domination by Atlanta.
Without much to really play for in these final two regular season games, the Atlanta Falcons should worry simply about playing well and getting off the field without any injuries. With Ndamukong Suh on defense and Matthew Stafford and Megatron on offense, that’s going to be easier said than done.
With INT’s coming against some of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks, including three Super Bowl MVPs, this season, DeCoud is quietly cementing his status as a safety poised to burst onto the national stage. And yes, “Meow” is part of the reason.
With last year’s Playoff loss on the minds of the Falcons, what does the team need to do in order to ensure their losing streak again ends at one and more importantly, how do they scout a potential Playoff opponent for this year?
Looking back at the Panthers game one more time, which of the probable NFC Playoff teams would give the Falcons the biggest challenge? Which might be the match-up that Atlanta wants?
When the big name players are taken out of the equation, how to you evaluate a team? Simple: their backups. Robert McClain has made the most of his chances in Atlanta and once again proves you don’t need to be a big name to have a big impact for a team.