Simply put, the Atlanta Falcons put together one of the most complete games in recent memory as they steamrolled their way to a 56-14 victory against the hapless Tampa Bay Bucs.
Like last week against Seattle, Atlanta started out strong but couldn’t put the game out of reach for their opponents. Unlike last week, it cost them a victory this time.
One team is quarterbacked by an SEC alum. His favorite receiver is from the ACC. The other team is quarterbacked by an ACC alumn. His favorite target is from the SEC. Which SEC/ACC pair will reign supreme on Saturday?
When a team commits six turnovers in a game and still leaves a winner there are usually one of two reasons why this happened: the losing team played even worse or the winning team is good enough to overcome their mistakes. Looking at the Falcons’ body of work this season, the reason is probably the latter one.
Along with quarterback Matt Ryan, head coach Mike Smith has taken the Atlanta Falcons from an inconsistant team into a perpetual winning franchise. While the two have only been with the Falcons since 2008, this tandem has rewritten the record books for the franchise and show no sign of slowing up any time soon.
If Atlanta isn’t kissing the feet (or at least the right foot) of kicker Matt Bryant, now would be a good time to start. With two game-winning field goals in the past three weeks, it’s safe to say Atlanta may not be a perfect 6-0 without their clutch kicker.
Atlanta may be one of just two undefeated teams left in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been perfect. With another potential trap game against the Oakland Raiders this Sunday, Mike Smith knows Atlanta needs to learn from its mistakes to avoid their first loss of the season.