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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.
The Atlanta Falcons were simply outplayed in every facet of the game against the Carolina Panthers. The only good thing about this game is that Atlanta still has four weeks before the Playoffs begin to fix the problem’s this team still has.
When it comes to rivalry games, statistics take a backseat. It doesn’t matter than Atlanta has won eight more games than Carolina. It doesn’t matter that Atlanta already defeated Carolina this season. In these games, emotion and luck take on much more importance than usual.
It’s a tradeoff: on one hand you have just three days to prepare for a game on Thursday, but on the other hand once that game is over, you have ten days to prepare for the next one. Will Atlanta make use of the extra days of rest and preparation?
As a twist on the famous Shakespeare quote: To bench or not to bench? That is the question that plagues many an NFL head coach once his team’s place in the NFL Playoffs is determined. Just don’t expect Atlanta to follow the norm.
With the average shelf life of a professional football player at just a handful of years, most athletes would love being able to play 144 games in a career. But when you have someone who’s started that many games without missing one, you know you’ve found a keeper.