The Atlanta Falcons are clearly out of the Playoffs with their demoralizing 3-9 record so they won’t get to the Super Bowl, but the Falcons still have a very good chance of winning their own playoff race in grabbing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Sitting on a 3-9 record with their latest win over the Buffalo Bills, the Falcons are currently tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9), Washington Redskins (3-9) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-9) as the second worst records in the NFL, trailing only the Houston Texans (2-10) as the worst team in the NFL at the moment.
With the Minnesota Vikings right there as well with a 3-8-1 record, if the Falcons lose this coming Sunday their chance to win the top overall pick looks very good. With four games remaining on their schedule, the Falcons currently have the Green Bay Packers, Redskins, San Francisco 49ers and the Carolina Panthers awaiting.
While two of the four teams should be losses, the Falcons can end their season with anywhere from three to five wins. Although the Falcons have many holes on both sides of the ball, defense has been the Achilles heel ever since 2008. As many teams prepare for the 2013 NFL Playoffs, the Falcons will be focusing on who they can draft that would be an immediate impact on their team.
With the playoff race thickening to grab the top overall pick for the 2014 NFL Draft, the Falcons will be paying close attention to all of their competitors. As each team continues to monitor one another, grabbing a runaway lead for the top pick will indeed prove challenging.
Although the Falcons once had a different mindset and a different idea when talking about the playoffs, they will have to wait next year to make the postseason. The Falcons have had a tough year, but if they can get the top overall pick it may give them the jump-start they needed all this time in order to move forward.