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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...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Falcons are perfect so far this season. They're playing well in all aspects of the game, offense, defense and special teams. On offense they're running the ball well and Turner is playing better than expected. Can they continue in this direction?
The Falcons have a great stage to show just how good they are this week. Will Romo and company show up big and...
Before making his debut in the NFL, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had never lost a game.
Since Newton’s gotten to the big stage, his record is 5-18. This week against Chicago, it looked like Newton would get NFL win number six, but Carolina once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, losing 23-22.
Many have credited the Bears with a hard-fought comeback win, but this...
Last week: 3 (+2)
I’m moving the Falcons into the #1 spot for the first time all season, but I’m still not sold. 4 of their 7 wins have come by a touchdown or less. They’ve been very reliant on winning the turnover margin, which is inconsistent on a week to week basis. They rank just 19th in yards per play differential and 4th in rate of sustaining drives differential...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. What were the chances that defensive end John Abraham was going to return as a member of the Atlanta Falcons last season?
Abraham, who hit unrestricted free agency before the Falcons re-signed him on March 16, said he thought he was gone.
"I'm about to go somewhere else and about to take the flight to Tennessee," Abraham said, then picked up his...
Matt Ryan’s homecoming could not have gone much better. A product of Philadelphia’s William Penn Charter School, “Matty Ice” led the Atlanta...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons will face Dallas on Sunday without leading tackler Sean Weatherspoon, as head coach Mike Smith ruled him out on Thursday with an ankle injury.
Weatherspoon, the weakside linebacker, had played every snap on defense for the Falcons this season until suffering the injury with 9:08 remaining in Sundays 30-17 win at Philadelphia.
He was removed from...
Everyone must stand alone.
For anyone who watched the Philadelphia Eagles’ third straight loss on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, it was clear that the game was lost overwhelmingly because of the pitiful showing by the team’s defense.
However, on Monday, the headlines surrounding the game were dominated by talk of benching quarterback Mike Vick.
The Eagles’ offense was...
(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan doesn't like to discuss his accomplishments and never says much when asked to consider his chances of becoming the NFL's MVP.
The same goes when Ryan is asked about whether the Falcons can go undefeated in the regular season or if he's concerned about his winless record in...
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, one of the leaders of the Atlanta Falcons' defense, will miss Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys with a right ankle injury.
Weatherspoon, second on the team in tackles and sacks, injured the ankle in Sunday's 30-17 win at Philadelphia.
Coach Mike Smith says after Thursday's practice Weatherspoon and receiver Kevin Cone,...
Athlon Sports' weekly rankings of NFL teams from the best, the lone remaining undefeated Atlanta Falcons, to the worst, the banged-up one-win...