During their bye week, the Atlanta Falcons have had some time to reflect on their disappointing season thus far, as they have posted a lousy 1-4 record and are currently third in a weak NFC South division, with only the New Orleans Saints having a winning record. Still, with 11 games to go, the Falcons may be down, but most certainly not out in a game where anything can happen.
Yes, the Falcons have been one of the worst red zone teams in the NFL this year without a doubt. Yes, the Falcons have been hit with category five injury storms that most recently struck down Julio Jones, their most explosive weapon at the wide receiver position. And yes, the Falcons’ running game, along with their defense, at times, looks just as bad as the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Without any hesitation, the Falcons so far have been nothing but a huge flop and choke artists after being declared one of the favorites to make a trip to the Super Bowl. With that fantasy train quickly fading into thin air, in reality, the Falcons will be lucky to even make a Wild Card at the end of the regular season.
The Falcons have just been atrocious and an embarrassment to the city of Atlanta, but not all are lost, as they still have 11 games to go in the regular season.
Pro Bowl receiver Roddy White understands that this season has been labeled a “bust” so far, but believes that the Falcons are a play or two from being a much better team than what their record says.
“It’s been frustrating because we haven’t been winning,” White said. “Coach tells us every day, that’s just the NFL. People get hurt in the league every day. That can’t be the reason why are losing games. You have to find other ways to win. We are 1-4, but the best part about it is that we go in there every week thinking that we are three plays from being 4-0 or three plays from being 5-0. There are a lot of good things that we are doing on film. (There) are some bad things that we have to get corrected on film. We all know that… We just have to find a way to get rolling.”
Everybody knows that the Falcons have huge issues on both sides of the ball, but one cannot deny the talent that this team still possesses on any given night. The truth is, the Falcons are not out just yet, though there record says otherwise.
The Falcons may be choke artists, overrated and an inconsistent team five games in, but the Falcons are also a conversion or defensive stop away from being a 4-1 team. Though the Falcons may have suffered four losses, the way they lost those games indicates that the Falcons are capable of throwing together one last run to change the perception that people have about their team.
No matter how many punches are thrown or how many hits a person takes, as long as he continues to fight back, there will always be a chance that he can rise up and eventually overcome those obstacles.
In five games, the Falcons have had their fair share pf getting knocked around and out-gunned multiple times, as well as getting struck by the injury bug that has become a disease for the team itself. While the Falcons may be down for the count, they will get their shot to get back up and continue to fight.
As terrible as their season began, what’s more important is how the Falcons plan to finish their season. With players like Matt Ryan, White, Steven Jackson and Tony Gonzalez on the team, nobody should count out the Falcons. The window of opportunity is closing, and we will see in Week 7 and Week 8 if the Falcons are indeed ready to attempt one more take off successfully.