As the only undefeated team left in the NFL at 8-0, the Atlanta Falcons find themselves being asked more and more if they can go undefeated. Wide receiver, Roddy White, recently said he believes Atlanta can go undefeated. But what does the path to an undefeated season for the Falcons look like?
Of course, Atlanta has to go through their division, the NFC South opponents. The NFC South was finally able to enjoy a week where all of their teams won. Along with the Falcons holding off the Dallas Cowboys, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers all won their games as well. Both the Panthers and Saints are still under .500, but the Bucs are sitting in second place in the division a 4-4.
Records never matter against divisional rivals because of familiarity with one another. Even the Falcons divisional rivals are not among the elite teams in the league, they still pose a threat to Atlanta’s path to 16-0. Carolina only lost by a field goal to Atlanta and will be a tough challenge if they are playing well when the teams meet again. The Buccaneers, whom Atlanta has yet to face yet always plays tough defense and seems to have found an offensive weapon in running back Doug Martin. While Atlanta’s run defense has improved as of late, if they fall back into some of their bad habits, that Bucs could steal a game or two from Atlanta.
The Falcons travel to the Superdome to take on the Saints in their first of two meetings this season and Atlanta could not be seeing them at a worse time. New Orleans seems to be finding their stride as they navigate through a season scandal. Their defense is still terrible and on pace to be one of the worst ever but Drew Brees will keep the Saints in the game and plays some of his best ball against the Falcons.
Atlanta also has match-ups against the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Giants. The Cardinals are a formidable opponent but with their struggles at the quarterback position Atlanta should be able to dispatch of them easily. While Atlanta would love to pay the Giants back in the playoffs for a 24-2 loss in last year’s playoffs, Atlanta might have to settle for some regular season revenge. This will be a tough game, as other than the Saints, the Giants have the best chance to beat Atlanta. However, the Giants have been known to slump and Atlanta just might catch them in the middle of one when they meet.
The road to 16-0 is not an easy one for Atlanta but it is an achievable goal if they continue to play at a high level and limit their mistakes as they have done all season. Ultimately though, Atlanta fans would prefer their team go undefeated in the playoffs and bring home a Super Bowl trophy.