But you should.
The Falcons are one of a handful of teams capable of getting hot, winning the rest of their games and giving Green Bay all that they want in the NFC playoffs. We’ve seen that potential in spots this season.
Atlanta is 5-4 because of mistakes that they didn’t make during their 13-3 campaign of 2010. Case in point…
- * In 2010, the Falcons turned the ball over just 17 times and had a turnover ratio of +15. This season, Atlanta has already committed 14 turnovers and has a turnover ratio of +1.
- * Last season, Matt Ryan was sacked 23 times. This season, Ryan has already been sacked 20 times.
- * In 2010, Atlanta had 58 penalties for 598 yards (4 for 37 yards per game). This season, the Falcons already have 58 penalties in their first nine games and are averaging 6 penalties for 54 yards per game.
None of these numbers is particularly negative; they just aren’t as good as last season when Atlanta won 13 games. The numbers make it clear that while the Falcons haven’t played great so far in 2011, it does not mean that they won’t end up being a great team. Fact is, if Mike Smith’s team cleans some of this up in the next seven weeks, it would not be shocking to see them as a very dangerous 11-5 or 12-4 entry into the NFC playoffs. And remember: Atlanta is 22-4 at home with Matt Ryan at quarterback. If they can get at least one home game in the playoffs (especially after learning from last year’s playoff experience), they become even more of a threat.
The Titans are facing a really good team this weekend. Ignore the record and look at the potential.
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