Yes, it’s cliche but, defense really does win championships. And when it comes to points given up in games, the Falcons and Seahawks are two of the top five stingiest teams in the league this year.
Everyone knows Atlanta has a great passing attack. Everyone knows Atlanta has a bad rushing attack. With one final regular season game, will Atlanta stick to its status quo or figure out how to fix problems?
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?
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.
While whoever came up with the famous “Time heals all wounds” quote probably wasn’t thinking about the Atlanta Falcons. Still, that doesn’t mean the saying doesn’t apply. With a double-digit number of players listed on the last several injury reports, the ten days off meant fewer than five would be listed this week.
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.
In the span of four quick weeks, Atlanta saw its franchise-record winning streak end, Matt Ryan setting an infamous career pass record and ended an NFL record. To say the newsworthy moments this past month have been fast and furious is an understatement. Now with four games left, how have the Falcons been doing so far?
While a 10 point win may not be considered a nail biter, it certainly was close. With Atlanta putting up just 23 points, would their defense be able to slow down Drew Brees? That question wouldn’t be answered until deep in the fourth quarter
If winning a football game was based on style points, Atlanta would have been crushed in their 23-19 win against Arizona. However, the only thing that matters in football is the scoreboard.
Quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends, oh my! As the season continues to advance, the injuries continue to pile up for both teams. As always, the question of who has more depth may decide the outcome.