The Atlanta Falcons http://atlantafalcons.com are the only undefeated team in the NFL with a record of 7-0. Now, the question becomes, “Are the 7 wins just luck or do the Atlanta Falcons have what it takes to go all the way to the Super Bowl?” In the daytime, Falcons fans strut like peacocks, sporting their black and red gear, and gloat about being one of the NFC’s hottest contenders. At night, they hold their breath, check the schedule to see whose next, and pray to the football Gods for another win.
The Falcons are off to the best start in franchise history and have mastered a strike early style of offense. They used this attack in their latest win over the Eagles. The Falcons scored on their first six possessions and never let up. The 30-17 win gave the NFC South leaders their first win in Philadelphia in 24 years.
Arthur Blank might be rocking one of those good luck elephants on a chain under his flawless Armani suit. If not, here are a few things to consider when talking about whether the Falcons are the real deal:
– They win on the road–3 big ones against Denver, Washington, and Philadelphia
– A star QB in Matt Ryan with plenty of offensive weapons to choose from in Jones, Gonzales, White and Turner add more with Rodgers and Davis
– Deep threat receiver Julio Jones has made fans forget about giving up 2 first round picks
– A relentless defensive front that goes all out with the pass rush, led by Abraham and Witherspoon
– The secondary plays like opportunistic ball hawks with guys like Thomas DeCoud, number 3 in the league in interceptions
– Falcons control on special teams with Matt Bryant proving to be almost automatic and clutch (Bryant – 16/17 FGs, 94%)
For the first time in franchise history, the city is comfortable with the coach, the ownership, and the team. Mr. Blank has managed to turn the Falcons around twice. The first time after the Michael Vick incident and then when Head Coach, Bobby Petrino walked out with just 5 games left in the regular season back in 2007.
Atlanta wants to be like any other real sports town where its Super Bowl or bust. However, Head Coach, Mike Smith says, “It’s all about the next game. That’s how you have to approach it. We’ve been fortunate to have a very successful season and played some efficient football. We’ve made some mistakes, so I’ve tried to not even think in those terms. It’s no different whether you’re 3-3, 4-3, 6-1, 7-0.”
The Falcons will no doubt be greeted by a gracious home crowd when they play host to the Dallas Cowboys, November 4th for a Sunday night matchup. The Cowboys are no longer America’s team, but they are still a formidable opponent. Falcons can’t kick back with their record or take Dallas’ 3-4 record lightly either.
Atlanta has scored 23 plus points in every game this season, but this is not the time to press the cruise button. Falcons fans want them to keep pushing through the post season and drive this thing all the way to New Orleans for the Super Bowl.