Birds try to avoid last seasons fate
We all remember this point in the season last year. Your Falcons were sitting pretty at 6-4 and looking towards the playoffs. Then the rest of the season happened and all of a sudden you are 8-8 and on the outside looking in. Not this year…by golly I hope not!
The Atlanta Falcons look to regroup against the Arizona Cardinals this weekend after a 15-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks ago. During their bye week, the team fell in the rankings to 8th and with five of their six remaining in the NFC and four of the six at home, the team will have to work hard for that playoff spot.
Controversial Calls dooms Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons (4-2, 1st NFC South) remained in first place in their division after the Seattle Seahawks (4-1, 1st NFC West) narrowly defeated them by two points on Sunday afternoon, 26-24.
The Falcons took a 24-17 lead into the fourth quarter after falling behind 17-3 in the first half of the game. The Falcons then erupted for 21 third quarter points to take the lead led by Matt Ryan’s three touchdown passes.
Defense is a major concern
The Atlanta Falcons (2-1, 1st NFC South) have rebounded from their opening loss to win two straight games and take over the NFC South. While the offense is humming along at 438 yards a game, their defense is ranked near the bottom of the league, giving up 371 yards a game. And defense wins championships. Now come the Panthers (1-2, 3rd NFC South)
These two teams have a nice little history between them and have played 42 times with the Falcons taking a 25-17 lead in the series. While the Panthers record is under .500, they are favored in this match up by 3 1/2 because of that porous Falcons defense. The Panthers, however, have a stiff defense, ranked 3rd in the NFL and is the best Atlanta has come across this season.