5 Reasons Why the Atlanta Falcons Won’t Win the NFC South in 2014

5 Reasons Why the Atlanta Falcons Won't Win the NFC South

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The Atlanta Falcons are looking to bounce back after an awful campaign in 2013. Coach Mike Smith and company will have their work cut out for them in order to get back on top of the division, but that will be tough to do. Here are five reasons why the Dirty Birds will not win the NFC South in 2014.

5. Struggling Ground Attack

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5. Struggling Ground Attack

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The run game struggled last season as Steven Jackson had one of the worst performances of his career. Injuries were an issue, but let’s face it -- the veteran running back has been a workhorse for the last decade now. The tread on his tires are just about worn out. Unless the Falcons can find a spark in their backfield -- rookie Devonta Freeman, perhaps -- the team will struggle against some of the tougher defenses.

4. Inexperienced Cornerbacks

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4. Inexperienced Cornerbacks

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I don’t want to be misunderstood -- second-year corner Desmond Trufant has tremendous upside. However, now that Asante Samuel is gone, Trufant and the other second-year man, Robert Alford, will have to pick up the slack. Their potential is endless, but they may struggle at first trying to cover some of the league’s better wideouts.

3. Vulnerable Safeties

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3. Vulnerable Safeties

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William Moore knows how to hold it down, but the departure of Thomas DeCoud resulted in the signing of Dwight Lowery. The latter, who is in no way, shape or form the safety he was with the New York Jets, will likely have some trouble. Speedy wideouts and quarterbacks like Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford may have their way with the Falcons’ safeties.

2. Poor Run Defense

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2. Poor Run Defense

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Atlanta allowed 135.8 yards per game on the ground last season, which was good for second-to-last in the entire league. Missing ILB Sean Weatherspoon for a majority of the season did not help the situation, and now, with a torn Achilles tendon, he is out for all of 2014. The Falcons will indeed have some trouble at stopping the run.

1. The New Orleans Saints

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1. The New Orleans Saints

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With a healthy offense, the Falcons will likely have a much more satisfying season in 2014. However, the New Orleans Saints are looking at one of the best rosters they’ve had in years. It’s going to be tough for anybody to top the Black and Gold in the division, and they will be the main reason Atlanta does not win the NFC South. Finishing second could still result in a playoff appearance, though.


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  • Peter S. Crawford

    What a joke! Given all that has happened this off-season not one of those 5 reasons is legitimate heading into 2014. Mr. Schuster I suggest that you put down the crack pipe and step away from the keyboard.