Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/4/14
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The Atlanta Falcons, it has to be said, did not put up very impressive numbers, last season, other than their 13-3 regular season record: Quaterback Matt Ryan did his part; throwing for 4,719 yards and 32 touchdowns (plus a single rushing TD). His overall passer rating came in at a respectable 99.1. In the passing game, they ranked 6th overall, but they were 29th in rushing and their defence allowed opponents to rack up some serious yards, both through the air and on the ground.It appears that the Falcons (or the "dirty birds", as they are known where I live; just an hour from New Orleans) have a severe case of DCS: Dallas Cowboys' Syndrome is when much is repeatedly expected of a highly-talented team, while said team continues to come up short, leaving everyone scratching their heads.Where, then, do the Falcons go from here? On offence, they have an impressive receiving duo of Roddy White and Julio Jones, but they desperately need to improve their running game. Retaining Tony Gonza...
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