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(Sports Illustrated)   In case you haven't noticed, and judging by the lack of national media attention you haven't, the Falcons have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to run away with the entire NFC   (nfl.si.com) divider line 115
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2012-11-05 08:38:26 AM  
and are threatening to run away with the entire NFC... in the regular season.
 
2012-11-05 08:38:49 AM  
Will still lose in the first round of the playoffs.
 
2012-11-05 08:39:02 AM  
Oh come on, they are only winning one game a week. What is that really worth?
 
2012-11-05 08:42:58 AM  
But by beating the Cowboys, the Falcons threw away their chances of winning the Super Bowl.

/Historical statisticals don't lie. 
 
2012-11-05 08:47:13 AM  

006andahalf: Will still lose in the first round of the playoffs.

 
2012-11-05 08:54:37 AM  
Running away with? They're one game up on the Bears and 2 up on the 49ers.

Now, running away with the NFC South? Sure, but...um...grats I guess? Maybe thank Goodell and Cam, but don't hurt yourself patting yourself on the back.

Also, complaining about not getting enough media attention is like a movie cop showing people pictures of his retirement boat...you know he's going get killed.
 
2012-11-05 09:00:38 AM  
In before regul...

MugzyBrown: and are threatening to run away with the entire NFC... in the regular season.


006andahalf: Will still lose in the first round of the playoffs.


The Bestest: 006andahalf: Will still lose in the first round of the playoffs.


Dammit.
 
2012-11-05 09:02:04 AM  
Save for the Broncos, the Falcons have had a garbage-tier schedule and they haven't really had very many quality wins, except for maybe the 27-3 victory over San Diego. They still have to play the Giants, Saints twice and Bucs twice.

/they gave up 24 to the farking Chefs.....
 
2012-11-05 09:04:57 AM  

Fark It: Save for the Broncos, the Falcons have had a garbage-tier schedule and they haven't really had very many quality wins, except for maybe the 27-3 victory over San Diego. They still have to play the Giants, Saints twice and Bucs twice.

/they gave up 24 to the farking Chefs.....


They killed the hapless Eagles, but I still wasn't very impressed with them. They scored on their first 6 possessions, but it felt like the Eagles were still in the game for a long time.

I don't see Atlanta still standing at the end of the day.
 
2012-11-05 09:08:37 AM  

Boeheimian Rhapsody: In before regul...

MugzyBrown: and are threatening to run away with the entire NFC... in the regular season.

006andahalf: Will still lose in the first round of the playoffs.

The Bestest: 006andahalf: Will still lose in the first round of the playoffs.

Dammit.


HEY NOW, THAT'S NOT FAIR.

They lose in the second round too.
 
2012-11-05 09:09:52 AM  

MugzyBrown: Fark It: Save for the Broncos, the Falcons have had a garbage-tier schedule and they haven't really had very many quality wins, except for maybe the 27-3 victory over San Diego. They still have to play the Giants, Saints twice and Bucs twice.

/they gave up 24 to the farking Chefs.....

They killed the hapless Eagles, but I still wasn't very impressed with them. They scored on their first 6 possessions, but it felt like the Eagles were still in the game for a long time.

I don't see Atlanta still standing at the end of the day.


True, but it's the Eagles, they're terrible and perpetual victims of ESPN's NFC East dick-riding. I may be a homer, but at least Chicago drops 40 and 50-burgers on the shiatty teams they have to play and trashes the spread....

I think out of those five, against NO, TB, and NY, they lose at least two.
 
2012-11-05 09:10:35 AM  
So they have beaten KC, Denver (early), SD, Carolina, Washington, Oakland, Philly, and Dallas....oh yeah let's go ahead and crown them.
 
2012-11-05 09:11:15 AM  
You are what your record says you are. They've beaten everyone they've faced. Regular season or not, they're still the best in the NFL right now.
 
2012-11-05 09:14:06 AM  

Jim from Saint Paul: HEY NOW, THAT'S NOT FAIR.

They lose in the second round too.


Well obviously they'd be in the second round this year as well - they'll just lose their first game of the playoffs.
 
2012-11-05 09:15:40 AM  
In fact, it's entirely possible that the Falcons will play two teams all year that make the playoffs (the minimum possible)
 
2012-11-05 09:19:47 AM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: So they have beaten KC, Denver (early), SD, Carolina, Washington, Oakland, Philly, and Dallas....oh yeah let's go ahead and crown them.


I think Green Bay, Chicago, and the Giants are playing well enough now to beat Atlanta. Atlanta's defense is very suspect, particularly against the run, and Chicago and New York have the two best secondaries in football.
 
2012-11-05 09:21:00 AM  

IAmRight: Jim from Saint Paul: HEY NOW, THAT'S NOT FAIR.

They lose in the second round too.

Well obviously they'd be in the second round this year as well - they'll just lose their first game of the playoffs.


media.giantbomb.com
 
2012-11-05 09:21:03 AM  
I'm impressed at the consistent rationalization of a perfect record. I'm just amazed nobody found a way to work in bandwagon it empty stadium.

That being said, it won't matter unless they are competitive in the NFC championship game.

I'll go with 13-3, I think they will lose one in the next couple weeks, then throw away some looking at the playoffs.
 
2012-11-05 09:21:49 AM  

bulldg4life: I'm impressed at the consistent rationalization of a perfect record. I'm just amazed nobody found a way to work in bandwagon it empty stadium.


So reality impresses you?
 
2012-11-05 09:23:55 AM  
No, it's more the speed with which people need to shiat in the falcons.

It's funny to watch.
 
2012-11-05 09:26:36 AM  

Fark It: I think Green Bay, Chicago, and the Giants are playing well enough now to beat Atlanta. Atlanta's defense is very suspect, particularly against the run, and Chicago and New York have the two best secondaries in football.


I think every team in the NFC North could beat 'em and half the teams in the West could. I also think that Denver would beat them if they replayed that game now that Manning has gelled a bit more with his team.
 
2012-11-05 09:27:38 AM  

bulldg4life: I'm impressed at the consistent rationalization of a perfect record. I'm just amazed nobody found a way to work in bandwagon it empty stadium.

That being said, it won't matter unless they are competitive in the NFC championship game.

I'll go with 13-3, I think they will lose one in the next couple weeks, then throw away some looking at the playoffs.


I like Tampa Bay as a dark horse for the 6-spot in the NFC. Dallas and Philly do nothing for me, and Minnesota is in too tough of a division to end up any batter than 9-7. They have an incredible running game, have a weak enough division to pad their stats, and I like them against Atlanta. All of their losses have been by one possession, they have a manageable schedule down the stretch, an excellent running game, and they're the #1 rushing defense in the league. If they can shore up their secondary they'll make it in, I think they're capable of beating Atlanta twice.
 
2012-11-05 09:32:05 AM  
I don't see the saints or bucs winning twice. That's just silly.
 
2012-11-05 09:33:38 AM  

Fark It: I like Tampa Bay Seattle as a dark horse for the 6-spot in the NFC. Dallas and Philly do nothing for me, and Minnesota is in too tough of a division to end up any batter than 9-7. They have an incredible running game, have a weak enough division to pad their stats, and I like them against Atlanta. All of their losses have been by one possession, they have a manageable schedule down the stretch, an excellent running game, and they're the #1 rushing one of the top defenses in the league.


FTFY

/everything else still applies
 
2012-11-05 09:33:48 AM  

IAmRight: Fark It: I think Green Bay, Chicago, and the Giants are playing well enough now to beat Atlanta. Atlanta's defense is very suspect, particularly against the run, and Chicago and New York have the two best secondaries in football.

I think every team in the NFC North could beat 'em and half the teams in the West could. I also think that Denver would beat them if they replayed that game now that Manning has gelled a bit more with his team.


So the Falcons are the 8th or 9th best team in the league?

If all these other teams are so great, why in the f*ck aren't they undefeated?

Some of these teams have some stupid losses...
 
2012-11-05 09:37:49 AM  
They got media attention two years ago when they went 13-3, then got embarrased by GB on their own field in the playoffs. They got attention last year, and couldn't score a single point on offense against NY. We'll start caring about the Falcons, and call Matt Ryan elite, when they stop shiatting the bed in January.
 
2012-11-05 09:37:52 AM  

bulldg4life: IAmRight: Fark It: I think Green Bay, Chicago, and the Giants are playing well enough now to beat Atlanta. Atlanta's defense is very suspect, particularly against the run, and Chicago and New York have the two best secondaries in football.

I think every team in the NFC North could beat 'em and half the teams in the West could. I also think that Denver would beat them if they replayed that game now that Manning has gelled a bit more with his team.

So the Falcons are the 8th or 9th best team in the league?

If all these other teams are so great, why in the f*ck aren't they undefeated?

Some of these teams have some stupid losses...


I didn't say they were the 8th or 9th best team in the league, they're still going to win their division. There are several teams that match up well against Atlanta, but you can't ignore Atlanta's weak-ass schedule when you rank the teams in the NFC.
 
2012-11-05 09:38:42 AM  
I'm loving the Falcons hate. Keep it coming.

Rise up.
 
2012-11-05 09:38:46 AM  

Fark It: I like Tampa Bay as a dark horse for the 6-spot in the NFC. Dallas and Philly do nothing for me, and Minnesota is in too tough of a division to end up any batter than 9-7. They have an incredible running game, have a weak enough division to pad their stats, and I like them against Atlanta. All of their losses have been by one possession, they have a manageable schedule down the stretch, an excellent running game, and they're the #1 rushing defense in the league. If they can shore up their secondary they'll make it in, I think they're capable of beating Atlanta twice.


It seems like Josh Freeman finally figured out all of his receivers and their run game is utterly impressive. They can easily get that six spot. NFC East is going to have another 9-7 play off team IMO, and the NFC West looks like they're only going to have one play off team. The wild cards will be close but yeah TB, NFC North 2nd place, and SEA will probably fight for the 2 WCs.
 
2012-11-05 09:39:09 AM  

bulldg4life: So the Falcons are the 8th or 9th best team in the league?


I just think all those teams are either of comparable skill or are better (mostly comparable). But yeah, I wouldn't say they're significantly better than the 10th-best team in the league (whoever that is).
 
2012-11-05 09:39:21 AM  

Fark It: I didn't say they were the 8th or 9th best team in the league, they're still going to win their division. There are several teams that match up well against Atlanta, but you can't ignore Atlanta's weak-ass schedule when you rank the teams in the NFC.


I wasn't replying to you, so obviously you didn't say it.
 
2012-11-05 09:41:00 AM  
*on national broadcast game*

WAH WE DON'T GET ANY ATTENTION
 
2012-11-05 09:41:07 AM  

thecpt: NFC East is going to have another 9-7 play off team IMO, and the NFC West looks like they're only going to have one play off team.


Um, if the NFC East has a 9-7 2nd place team, they're not making the playoffs. Seahawks still have four home games (Jets, Cardinals, Rams, 49ers) and away games against Miami and Buffalo. So 10-6 has a pretty good chance of happening and 11-5 is certainly possible.
 
2012-11-05 09:42:30 AM  

HoityToity: I'm loving the Falcons hate. Keep it coming.

Rise up.


Falcons hate? The Falcons aren't interesting enough to hate.

Maybe there are some NFC South fans who hate the Falcons, I don't know. I don't give a shiat about the Falcons. I see them as maybe the 3rd best team in the NFC, maybe 4th.

Nice they're undefeted. Good for them. The season is about getting into the playoffs and hopefully getting some home games, beyond that is fluff and not an indicator of how good a team is as the past several years has shown
 
2012-11-05 09:45:22 AM  

thecpt: Fark It: I like Tampa Bay as a dark horse for the 6-spot in the NFC. Dallas and Philly do nothing for me, and Minnesota is in too tough of a division to end up any batter than 9-7. They have an incredible running game, have a weak enough division to pad their stats, and I like them against Atlanta. All of their losses have been by one possession, they have a manageable schedule down the stretch, an excellent running game, and they're the #1 rushing defense in the league. If they can shore up their secondary they'll make it in, I think they're capable of beating Atlanta twice.

It seems like Josh Freeman finally figured out all of his receivers and their run game is utterly impressive. They can easily get that six spot. NFC East is going to have another 9-7 play off team IMO, and the NFC West looks like they're only going to have one play off team. The wild cards will be close but yeah TB, NFC North 2nd place, and SEA will probably fight for the 2 WCs.


I think the NFC North 2nd place (CHI or GB) is a lock for the WC, and it will come down to SEA and the scabs and TB. Pete Carroll is my second least favorite coach in the NFL, behind Jim Schwartz, and Green Bay was utterly robbed on that Monday Night game.
 
2012-11-05 09:51:27 AM  

IAmRight: Um, if the NFC East has a 9-7 2nd place team, they're not making the playoffs. Seahawks still have four home games (Jets, Cardinals, Rams, 49ers) and away games against Miami and Buffalo. So 10-6 has a pretty good chance of happening and 11-5 is certainly possible.


Oh I meant NFC East will have a 9-7 champion (Giants seem to be trending down and the schedule looks pretty tough). Yeah I think Seahawks will go 10-6 and the Bucs look good enough right now (as in trending up) to get 10-6.
 
2012-11-05 09:52:38 AM  

HoityToity: I'm loving the Falcons hate. Keep it coming.

Rise up.


You confuse hate and indifference.
 
2012-11-05 10:03:35 AM  

IAmRight: Fark It: I think Green Bay, Chicago, and the Giants are playing well enough now to beat Atlanta. Atlanta's defense is very suspect, particularly against the run, and Chicago and New York have the two best secondaries in football.

I think every team in the NFC North could beat 'em and half the teams in the West could. I also think that Denver would beat them if they replayed that game now that Manning has gelled a bit more with his team.


I love the Bears as much as anyone, but IMO, the season really starts next week. That's when we see if the Bears are who we thought they were. The defense has mostly played great, but one of the trademarks of an older team is to fade down the stretch. The offense is the same old story; when the line plays well, it all clicks. But usually someone is getting to Cutler too quickly.

They played one great team, Green Bay, and it... ah.... didn't go so well. I'm pretty sure the Bears can coast into the playoffs just by virtue of having 7 wins racked up.... but, Green bay has 4 winnable games coming up.

ugh, I'm talking myself out of being happy about being 7-1. I quit.
 
2012-11-05 10:06:50 AM  

Fark It: thecpt: Fark It: I like Tampa Bay as a dark horse for the 6-spot in the NFC. Dallas and Philly do nothing for me, and Minnesota is in too tough of a division to end up any batter than 9-7. They have an incredible running game, have a weak enough division to pad their stats, and I like them against Atlanta. All of their losses have been by one possession, they have a manageable schedule down the stretch, an excellent running game, and they're the #1 rushing defense in the league. If they can shore up their secondary they'll make it in, I think they're capable of beating Atlanta twice.

It seems like Josh Freeman finally figured out all of his receivers and their run game is utterly impressive. They can easily get that six spot. NFC East is going to have another 9-7 play off team IMO, and the NFC West looks like they're only going to have one play off team. The wild cards will be close but yeah TB, NFC North 2nd place, and SEA will probably fight for the 2 WCs.

I think the NFC North 2nd place (CHI or GB) is a lock for the WC, and it will come down to SEA and the scabs and TB. Pete Carroll is my second least favorite coach in the NFL, behind Jim Schwartz, and Green Bay was utterly robbed on that Monday Night game.


Yes they were robbed of that INT, but you forget that they were also gifted a scoring drive by the refs. It all balanced out.
 
2012-11-05 10:10:42 AM  
The important thing about the nfl is playing well the last 3-4 games before the playoffs start and carrying that momentum into the playoffs.

which is good because atlanta has some serious red zone problems and kick way too many god damn fgs, there is time to correct it, but it is troubling.
 
2012-11-05 10:11:13 AM  

Orgasmatron138: love the Bears as much as anyone, but IMO, the season really starts next week. That's when we see if the Bears are who we thought they were. The defense has mostly played great, but one of the trademarks of an older team is to fade down the stretch.


They're not that old. Urlacher is getting up there in years, as is Peppers, but Briggs and Tillman are only 31, they have a great young secondary, and they have 10 defensive linemen on the roster. With the way the Bears are blowing opponents out of the water, the defense has been getting a lot of rest. Urlacher basically watched the 4th quarter from the sideline, Peppers isn't out there for every defensive series, and Tillman spent as much time lining up on offense when Campbell was taking a knee as he did on defense in the 4th quarter.
 
2012-11-05 10:11:35 AM  

El Brujo: Yes they were robbed of that INT, but you forget that they were also gifted a scoring drive by the refs. It all balanced out.


And there have been more questionable calls every week by regular refs that may have decided games. Oh well, Green Bay should be happy they lost - they haven't won a home playoff game in a while.
 
2012-11-05 10:12:10 AM  

IAmRight: I just think all those teams are either of comparable skill or are better (mostly comparable). But yeah, I wouldn't say they're significantly better than the 10th-best team in the league (whoever that is).


Well, that would be Arizona and Philly (StL and Dallas right behind). They've beaten two of those teams and play a third later this year. I'm thinking that's a silly statement to say it isn't significant.

I can see Chicago, Green Bay, and the 49ers from your (North and West). The Seahawks if the game is in Seattle would be tough.

But, the Vikings and Lions along with Arizona and StL? Really?
 
2012-11-05 10:14:47 AM  
Chicago's defense has been great, but their remaining schedule is daunting:

v.Hou @SF v.Minn v.Sea @Minn v.GB @Ari @Det
 
2012-11-05 10:14:49 AM  

bulldg4life: Well, that would be Arizona and Philly (StL and Dallas right behind). They've beaten two of those teams and play a third later this year. I'm thinking that's a silly statement to say it isn't significant.


Oh, I was referring to league as in the NFL. If we're going by conference, then no, they're not as bad as the 10th-best squads in the conference.

/BTW, Detroit seems to have figured its sh*t out now
//but Arizona has been dead a few weeks and they're starting to smell really, really bad
 
2012-11-05 10:15:43 AM  

El Brujo: Yes they were robbed of that INT, but you forget that they were also gifted a scoring drive by the refs. It all balanced out.


Yeah... how most fans feel about that game is that it was so awfully officiated that it shouldn't even count. And if you want to go with those 2 calls canceling out then GB should have had the last possession due to the BS call on Mathews. Whatever team wins that game, the other one was dicked out of a fair game. Don't try a sensible conclusion other than the Pack got screwed (also could have been SEA) . I'm over it though, and quite frankly I'm more angry about the lead to the colts being blown. That's why we should be 7-2.
 
2012-11-05 10:16:25 AM  

SlothB77: Chicago's defense has been great, but their remaining schedule is daunting:

v.Hou @SF v.Minn v.Sea @Minn v.GB @Ari @Det


Which is why the Falcons should win the conference fairly easily.

/if the Bears made it through their schedule at 15-1, I'd rank them ahead of a 16-0 Falcons team
//won't happen and no one cares about my rankings except people that disagree with 'em
 
2012-11-05 10:30:20 AM  

IAmRight: Fark It: I think Green Bay, Chicago, and the Giants are playing well enough now to beat Atlanta. Atlanta's defense is very suspect, particularly against the run, and Chicago and New York have the two best secondaries in football.

I think every team in the NFC North could beat 'em and half the teams in the West could. I also think that Denver would beat them if they replayed that game now that Manning has gelled a bit more with his team.


Every team in the NFL could beat them. None have yet.

Half the teams in the West huh? You mean the 49ers and the Seahawks only if playing at home right? So that's like 1.5 teams from the NFC West.
 
2012-11-05 10:33:15 AM  
Hmm...know what I just discovered?

Falcons Strength of Victory: .375
Bears Strength of Victory: .368

/Cincinnati's: .231
//San Diego's: .242
///Dallas' SOS: .657, far and away the most difficult in the NFL
 
2012-11-05 10:34:29 AM  

js34603: You mean the 49ers and the Seahawks only if playing at home right? So that's like 1.5 teams from the NFC West.


Home or neutral (which obviously can't happen). Also, by the time the playoffs roll around, I'd feel pretty good about Seattle's chances if they won their first round going into Atlanta.
 
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