Found October 31, 2012 on Football Nation:
Since the Houston Texans joined the NFL and caused the most recent divisional realignment in 2002, the Atlanta Falcons are the 12th team to reach Week 8 without a blemish on their schedule.Whether they will continue that run or not is anyone's guess, but if one looks back at the group that has come before them, things look good for the Falcons...to a point.The Falcons have no qualms about getting to the playoffs, and they should be just fine in that regard. No team that has made it to Week 8 undefeated has missed the playoffs, ever. In fact, only twice since the merger has the last undefeated team missed the playoffs: Denver and St. Louis in 1970 (three wins each), and New Orleans in 1993 (five wins).However, success in the playoffs is not something that's shared by the previous group, and that is where Atlanta's troubles have been strongest. Matt Ryan, Mike Smith and company have yet to win a playoff game, which doesn't sit well with the Falcon faithful but will lik...
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