Posted October 03, 2012 on AP on Fox

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 02: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons passes during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Louisana Superdome on November 2, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Just four games into the season, the Atlanta Falcons have already built a sizable NFC South lead. That hasn't kept them from realizing they have a long way to go. Matt Ryan looks to guide Atlanta to its first 5-0 start Sunday when Robert Griffin III tries to help the Washington Redskins end their seven-game home losing streak. Heading into 2012 with an 0-3 playoff record since Ryan and coach Mike Smith arrived in 2008, Atlanta (4-0) has matched the best start in franchise history, last accomplished during its 2004 run to the NFC championship game. With Ryan, the NFL's highest-rated passer at 112.1, driving his team 77 yards to get in position for a last-second field goal in last Sunday's 30-28 victory over Carolina, the Falcons now lead the South by three games over the Panthers and Tampa Bay. New Orleans is 0-4. "I'm aware of it but I don't pay attention to it,'' Smith said. "This early in the season you've got to concern yourself with your team. You don't even think about wha...
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