The Atlanta Falcons were so close to the Super Bowl they could taste it. How long ago that truly seems through 10 games of the 2013 NFL season. The Falcons are 2-8 and in last place in the NFC South with no end in sight, as the dismal season continues to shock everyone, including Atlanta.
“It’s disappointing to have our team playing the way we’ve been playing,” Falcons head coach Mike Smith said, according to NFL.com. “I really believe each year in the NFL, the dynamics change, and there’s always a different feel to it than the previous year. But yeah, this has been (surprising). We’ve got to keep fighting through, just like any other season.”
There really is no easy explanation for why the Falcons have been playing as bad as they have this season. Sure, the running game has been non-existent despite acquiring Steven Jackson in the offseason. Not to mention, the defense has been horrendous, as they have failed to stop anybody on the ground or through the air. Even with the obvious flaws, many expected Atlanta to be contending for a second consecutive division title instead of thinking about who they are going to select with their stellar draft pick next year.
The beat down at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday might just be the final drop in the team’s self-esteem tank. Too many close games through the first six contests have really taken a toll on the team’s morale.
At this point, Thursday night’s showdown with the New Orleans Saints could be a blood bath. On the other hand, the Falcons could decide to finally take a stand. A win against the Saints could put the team back on track. I’m not saying the playoffs are an option anymore but at least Atlanta could start building towards next year. It’s no secret that momentum is the key when transitioning from season to season, just ask the 2013 Falcons.