The Atlanta Falcons have to be the most underrated underdogs ever. Atlanta is the only undefeated team in the NFL. They are head and shoulders above rest of the team in the NFC South. Yet for the second week in a row, they are picked to lose.
Last week, analysts, sports writers and bloggers all across America claimed the Falcons would lose to the Philadelphia Eagles. This week, Atlanta finds they are being picked to lose to the Dallas Cowboys, who by the way are 3-4. Atlanta has to be the best underdog ever. They are 7-0 and are consistently picked to lose.
This trend has seemed to occur whenever the Falcons face and NFC East opponent. Many speculated Atlanta would lose to Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. The argument was that the Falcons would not be able to stop RGIII. A couple of games later, the Dirty Birds were again picked to lose to the Eagles, whom they beat soundly. Now, these “experts” to believe that Tony Romo and the ‘Boys are going to roll into Atlanta and get a win.
It’s understandable considering the NFC East is generally considered one of the toughest in the league. The New York Giants, Eagles and Cowboys are always in the playoff picture. The Redskins have improved tremendously and could find themselves in the mix this season. Be that as it may, Atlanta has a better record. If the playoffs started today, the Falcons would have the top seed, with the one-loss Giants behind them and those other guys would be somewhere watching them both on television.
This is the most disrespect an undefeated team has been shown in a while. The only time Atlanta is mentioned by the media is either when they are expected to lose or when the analysts are forced to put name them as the number-one team in their power rankings because they are undefeated.
The Falcons may not have the same playoff success or history as their NFC East opponents; they may not be a traditional power in the NFL like the New England Patriots or the Pittsburgh Steelers, but for now they are the best team in the league. For the last few years, they have been one of the most consistent teams in the league during the regular season. Atlanta’s current record and their regular season history should be reason enough for the media to not pick them to lose to a team like the Cowboys. Even if Dallas were to win, they still would not be a playoff team.
Somewhere Rodney Dangerfield is saying, “Boy that’s the story of my life. I don’t get no respect!”