FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons have used a three-game home winning streak to improve to 7-2 and climb to the top of ESPN’s power rankings.
The Falcons’ 7-2 mark is the best in the NFC.
If they are going to stay on top, they will have to prove their mettle on the road.
The Falcons play four of their next five games on the road.
If you count their last two exhibition games, the Falcons opened the season playing six of eight games on the road.
“We have a part of the season, albeit part of it was in the preseason, that we’ve gone on the road almost twice as much as we’ve been at home,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “Playing on the road is a big challenge.”
The Falcons 2-2 on the road this season. They have road victories over New Orleans and Cleveland. They have road losses to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
“This season, so far we’ve had some success on the road,” Smith said. “We’d like to have a little bit more.”
With ESPN’s No. 1 power ranking and with the best record in the NFC, the Falcons will now have teams gunning for them.
“We try not to concern ourselves with what our record is and the record of the team that we are playing,” Smith said. “We try to come in, and I know it gets harder from week to week, we come in and we try to do what we have to do to get better. . . We feel like it’s all about us and not who we are playing.”