It’s tough to consider a team that finished the regular season 13-3 as not having lived up to expectations. Some would say that since Atlanta finally won a post season game for the first time in nearly a decade, the season was a success. Others would argue that because of the way Atlanta finished the season, it should be considered a disappointment.
It may not be simple, but it’s straightforward: a Viking win over the Packers means Atlanta hosts Adrian Peterson and company. A win by the Packers and Atlanta will face whoever wins the Sunday match-up of the Redskins and Seahawks. But which of these three teams gives the Falcons the best chance to win? Read more to find out.
In any competition, there’s always an unknown, an X-Factor that people didn’t count on. For the Falcons, with nearly the same lineups as the 2011 squad, how did they improve from 10-6 to 13-3 this season? What was their X-Factor?
Finishing the regular season 3-3 against the NFC South, expect a lot of questions for the next two weeks about the Falcons still being a one-and-done Playoff team or if they will finally get over the hump.
The last time the Falcons had a 13-3 season, they sent nine players to the Pro Bowl. Even though Atlanta could end up with a better record than that, it isn’t showing up as far as Pro Bowl selections.
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.
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 a quarter of the season still left to play, the seeding in the NFL Playoffs has started to take shape. Atlanta has guaranteed at least one home game but of course is looking for the number one seed in the NFC.
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?