Are the Falcons the best team in the NFC?

My thoughts, response to Atlanta being dubbed the NFC’s best team:

First things first, let’s give these “Dirty Birds” some props, they’ve earned it.  Let’s give them the respect they deserve, kudos they are due; especially the man calling the shots on the sidelines.  Mike Smith is an outstanding head coach.  No question about it.  Excellent since the day he walked in.  He and “Matty, all he does is win, Ice” have been remarkable helping turnaround this franchise post-Michael Vick.

Balance.  Exactly precise.  One word to describe these Dirty Birds is just that, balance.

“Subject to Change” this describe the Falcons fortunes, otherwise known as “luck” to some.  However, it’s not all luck, this team is solid.

Also, no mention of Curtis Lofton?

When mentioning the defense, he’s the first guy that comes to mind.  He stands out above the rest.  When I think about defense in Atlanta, I think about Lofton.  Why no love for the former Oklahoma Sooner?  No talk about this future perennial Pro Bowl LB?  Staggering.  Rising defensive star in the NFC, this is what you are a shooting star, Curtis.

All in all, still not buying into this team as the best in the NFC.  Give me the three top NFC East clubs, Chicago, Green Bay, and the defending NFC South champs and Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.  Plus, there’s still time for both Minnesota and Dallas to rebound.  Although, the recovery process is uncertain; how long will it take?

I’m not going as far to say they are a “fluke” or a “pretender”, but I will say this, they are not a lock for the Playoffs just yet and they have not cemented their “contender” status.  Their status is: “TBD”, To Be Determined.  Let me remind you that, and assure you they will not go in, if they do, easily.  And if they do make the Playoffs, who says they are going to advance past the first round/game?  Furthermore, I still don’t see what’s so impressive about this team, therefore, I cannot buy into the “best team in the NFC” hype just yet.  It’s a bit premature.  Can you tell me otherwise?

With that said, three things I know:  1. Lots of football still to be played.  2.  A lot could change from here to now; injuries, streaks, unfortunate bounces, ect.  3. Divisional games still remain.  Key games, pivotal match-ups.

The Falcons have proven me wrong so far and surprised me through five weeks, but again it’s still only five weeks.  As much as they have proven to me they are a, once again, a “solid” team, I still believe they have much more to prove to me, the NFC, and the rest of the NFL.  Fact still abounds, they have yet to win a playoff game post-Vick era.  The truth hurts.  Can you handle it Falcons fans?  Have at it.

My ultimate response concerning the Falcons: “Don’t Believe the Hype”

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4 Responses to “Are the Falcons the best team in the NFC?”

  1. Give me a break! says:

    You spend the first half of the article praising the Falcons and the next half questioning them?? “I don’t see what’s impressive about this team”. Uh, you just drooled over Lofton and praised the Falcons balanced attack. Sounds like this is somewhat of a hard pill for you to swallow or that you’re bipolar.

    You also (yet again) put the saints ahead of them which is dumb for two reasons:

    1) The Falcons beat the Saints head to head in New Orleans!
    2) The Falcons and the Saints both played the Cardinals. The Falcons destroyed the Cardinals. The Saints got beat soundly by the Cardinals.

    You’re all over the place on your assessment of this team! Pick a direction and stick with it. In your eyes they were one of the worst in the league to start the season close to last in your power rankings. Picking the Lions and 49ers ahead of the Falcons is ridiculous. 49ers have been a sexy pick for the past 3 years but everyone who watches football knows they’ll never live up to the hype. Especially with Singletery at the helm and Alex freakin Smith at QB!!!

    The Falcons have slowly moved up your power rankings but not enough for you to admit you were wrong. In your most recent Power Rankings you have 10 teams ahead of them. 10? Really? Wow! Get a clue and read every other sports publication in America that says your wrong. This all stems from your Hate for the Falcons….just at least admit that…

  2. Russ Loede says:


    You made my point.

    I don’t know whether or not believe in the hype, just yet.

    That’s why I wrote the article. Still not sure.

    That’s why I have them still at #11 in my Power Rankings.

    Despite their recent play, shoddy performance so far, I still have more faith, trust in the defending Super Bowl champs. They have looked bad, but still are one kick and a few plays away from 5-0. I know that’s a big difference between 3-2 and 5-0. A few inches, plays, and so on go a long way.

    All this said, it all goes back to the point you made for me, the picture I was trying to paint: I can’t believe in them just yet. I don’t know if they continue to make “these plays”, catch “these breaks” and so on.

    Sure they have “some” pieces to the puzzle, but do they have enough, and are these “pieces” good enough to lift them to “best team in the NFC” status?

    “Subject to change”? Too early. TBD.

    This is why I still have ten teams ahead of them. So many good, yet not great teams to choose from.

    The article clearly illustrates my lack of trust in the Dirty Birds.

    Good team, yes. Best in the NFC, not quite yet ready to crown ’em.

  3. Russ Loede says:

    Forgot to mention this, how about William Moore? Easily was my favorite Falcon on D heading into the ’10 season. Glad to see him healthy. Was a big fan of him coming out of Mizzou last year. Rated him my top safety in the ’09 draft class.

    Check out #1:

  4. Schmedog says:

    What say now, Mr. Loede? Have you come around? Or are you still promoting the “lucky breaks”, “Bad calls”, etc.? Best inNFL? We’ll see.