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saintfan 10-16-2012 05:50 PM

The Falcons Aren't For Real

As I said earlier, when the Power Rankings were released, I’m not really convinced the Atlanta Falcons are the best team in the NFL.

It’s not like I see anyone dramatically better and it’s hard to argue with putting the league’s only undefeated team at No. 1. But my opinion is based largely on what I’ve seen the Falcons the last three weeks. They’ve needed last-minute drives to win against bad teams.

But let’s take a look at this Insider post by Football Outsiders. I go by sense and feel, but the Football Outsiders go by hard numbers and they’re coming up with the same conclusion I am about the Falcons.

They point out several things that throw rain on Atlanta’s parade, starting with the fact the teams the Falcons have beaten are a combined 12-22 and none has a winning record. It also is pointed out that only two of Atlanta’s future opponents have winning records at the moment.

Football Outsiders also points out the shortcomings of Atlanta’s running game. It would be nice to have a running game, but I’m not sure this is all that big a deal. The Falcons came into the season wanting to be more of a passing team and they’re accomplishing that.

But, if you’re looking for a flaw that could really bring down the Falcons in the postseason, Football Outsiders has it. It points out how Denver’s Willis McGahee, Washington’s Alfred Morris and Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles and Carolina’s multi-faceted backfield all had an easy time running on the Falcons.

Think about the possibility of the Falcons having to stop Matt Forte, Frank Gore or Ahmad Bradshaw in a playoff game?

If they finally are going to win a postseason game in the Mike Smith era, the Falcons are going to have to improve at stopping the run.

They’ll get some relief soon when defensive tackle Corey Peters comes off the physically unable to perform list. Peters will help, but I’m not sure he solves everything.

If the Falcons really want to go far into the postseason, coordinator Mike Nolan better start finding ways to make the run defense better.
A potential flaw for the Atlanta Falcons? - NFC South Blog - ESPN

Radical 10-16-2012 05:59 PM

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We have some areas we could stand to improve on. The run defense has been poor, but I'm thinking the return of our start DT from last year slows the leaking a little bit. Peria Jerry has simply been a liability for us across the board.

SaintsBro 10-16-2012 06:04 PM

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QBREES9 10-16-2012 10:21 PM

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things that make you go UM !!!!!

Mardigras9 10-17-2012 02:05 PM

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How long have we been saying that.

Tobias-Reiper 10-17-2012 02:31 PM

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Frankly, I really don't give a hoot about the Clowns, but I am truly shocked that ESPN, and especially Pat jank-my-singas, would post anything remotely negative about the Clowns.

Crusader 10-17-2012 02:39 PM

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As much as I hate the Falcons I still think they are pretty good right now. Good teams find ways to win, even if it is ugly.

NOLA54 10-17-2012 03:22 PM

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Being undefeated, at this stage, doesn't guarantee a playoff bid. The Falcons need to stay realistic. Having said that I would rather be 6-0 instead of 1-4. We lost to teams we had no business loosing to.

OldMaid 10-18-2012 02:58 PM

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They have the W's. So far so good, but the season is not over and done yet. Plus, there is post season. It is a long journey from August to December and then in January.

atltillidie 10-19-2012 05:35 PM

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I don't see us completely solving the Run D problem with only Peters. We don't even use an MLB. I think our offense will pick things up. We have an entire 2 weeks to rest, learn from our mistakes, and dust ourselves off.

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