Sure, they have the record, but do they have the aura?
At the midpoint of their season, the Atlanta Falcons are the NFLs only unbeaten team and only the 15th team in league history to reach 8-0.
But when a franchise has been playing since 1966 and never won a Super Bowl, it will have its doubters especially with the current head coach and same core of players having qualified for the playoffs three times in the last four seasons yet failed to win a playoff game.
If there is one thing the Falcons have to prove, its that they can play with and beat some of the leagues most physical teams on defense and in the running game NFC rivals like Chicago, San Francisco and the New York Giants, who sent the Falcons packing in last years playoffs with a 24-2 humiliation at MetLife Stadium.
Falcons head coach Mike Smith said his team is not a dome team read: finesse but his team will have to prove that on the field. To that end, the Falcons Dec. 16 home game with the Giants looms as the most ...