The 2012 Atlanta Falcons are currently leading the NFC with a conference best 10-1 record. They have a high powered offense led by Matt Ryan and Roddy White and a defense that adopts a bend-but-don’t-break philosophy at times. They are well on their way to securing a first round bye and clinching the No. 1 seed in the NFC Playoffs.
Sound familiar? It should, as this was the same road that the 2010 falcons went down, only to get blown out of their own building in the divisional round of the playoffs as the No. 1 seed.
I hate to alarm anyone in Atlanta, but I have a sneaky suspicion that the same fate may await them in this season’s playoffs.
Atlanta is 10-1. To earn that mark, you have to be doing something right. But I look at this team, especially as of late, and I just don’t see them competing for a Super Bowl championship. Can the Falcons get to the Super Bowl? Sure. But could they win the top seed and get knocked out of their first playoffs game this year just as easily? Absolutely.
The Falcons have a solid offense and a sturdy defense. Ryan is having a great year, but the turnovers are starting to mount. The Falcons have been able to overcome these turnovers thus far, but that will not last. It can’t. Most teams will not be able to survive turning the ball over three or four or even five times in one game and still come out victorious. It just doesn’t happen.
Especially in the postseason.
As of this minute, Atlanta is the No. 1 seed in the NFC Playoffs. That would set up a divisional round home game against either a team such as the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks or Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It could also include the New Orleans Saints or countless other teams, but these are just some of the possibilities.
I can see Atlanta defeating Seattle at home. Perhaps the Bucs as well, although yesterday was quite a close contest. But I just don’t see Atlanta being able to knock off Chicago, unless injuries continue to take their toll. I don’t see them beating Green Bay either, especially if the Pack can get closer to full health by the time the postseason rolls around.
The Falcons seem more built for the regular season. They showed it last season. They really showed it two years ago. I just don’t see anything that different to make this season’s outcome any different for the Falcons. They may finish 14-2 or 13-3 and win the top seed, but I don’t see them advancing past the divisional round, or the conference championship if they happen to catch a weaker opponent in their first postseason game.
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