Atlanta Falcons: ‘Very fortunate’ to be 6-0 at the bye

The Falcons enter their bye week as the only undefeated team in the NFL with a two-victory lead over the rest of the NFC.

They don’t talk like a 6-0 squad, though, because they have hardly looked the part of a juggernaut.

That’s probably why, following Atlanta’s 23-20 victory over Oakland on Sunday, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan cited the team’s undefeated record on the one hand and acknowledged troublesome trends on the other.

“We’ve been good enough to win and at the end of the day, that’s what you need to do,” Ryan said. “I think it’s going to be important for us, this bye week, to try and find ways for us to play our best and to look critically at ourselves and try and improve.”

Style doesn’t count in the standings, but the quality of Atlanta’s play is regressing even as the victories keep coming.

Atlanta’s problems both running the ball and stopping the run are still apparent and the secondary’s knack for making big plays has masked problems with pass coverage and tackling. Atlanta’s offensive line play has been inconsistent and the limitations of a pass-heavy offense reliant on Ryan are starting to show.

The Falcons have some time to sort things out. Their next game is Oct. 28 at Philadelphia.

“Our goal is try to be better tomorrow than today,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said Monday. “There are times that we take steps forward and times we take steps back.”

While earning another another victory Sunday, Atlanta took another step back after opening the season with convincing victories against the Chiefs, Broncos and Chargers. The Falcons got past Oakland (1-4) only when Matt Bryant kicked a 55-yard field goal with one second left in the game.

It was the third time in three games Atlanta had to rally to win in the fourth quarter.

“This game took a lot out of us as a defense (so) this off week, in those respects, is right on time,” Falcons defensive back Dunta Robinson said. “We’ve still got a long season ahead of us. We are not where we want to be. We are 6-0 going into the bye (but) we know we are going to get everybody’s best shot so we’ve got to take it to another level.”

The Raiders found themselves stride for stride with the Falcons with a suddenly rejuvenated offense and some ball-hawking defense. Smith said close games between seemingly mismatched opponents and upset losses in the NFL reinforce the notion that “each week is a hard battle.”

Still, the Falcons have yet to play a contender. The combined record of their six opponents, discounting their losses to Atlanta: 11-15.

Smith and his staff have plenty to work on during the off week.

Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter prefers a balanced attack but last week said the best approach was to put the game in Ryan’s hands because the quarterback’s play had been superlative. That strategy didn’t pay dividends against Oakland; Ryan wasn’t as sharp while tossing three interceptions.

Ryan faced a heavy pass rush and Atlanta had virtually no running game to relieve the pressure. Ryan’s 15-yard scramble was its longest run of the game. The Falcons totaled 45 yards on 15 attempts after gaining 83 yards on 28 attempts at Washington the week before.

Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, stressing that winning is the bottom line, acknowledges that his unit’s struggles to stop the run could eventually cost the Falcons. That nearly happened against the Raiders, who churned out 149 yards on 32 attempts. Shoddy tackling has become another issue.

The Falcons will address those weaknesses and others.

“I think the really good thing about this football team is they are not satisfied,” Smith said. “There is a desire in there to play better football. We’ve been very fortunate.”

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Elvis is Alive

October 16th, 2012
11:46 am

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Surg

October 16th, 2012
11:48 am

Winning ain’t easy…

Elvis is Alive

October 16th, 2012
11:51 am

It is always fun to FIRST !!!!..As predicted the center of our defense is soft and vulnerable. Our OL is really struggling. Yes we are lucky to be 6-0 and I hope we can continue. However, we must become better at stopping the run and more aggressive in our pursuit of the opposing QB. I do belive M Turner has lost a step and J Rodgers is not-Warrick Dunn. Eagles prediction 24-21 ..Angry Birds…RISE UP

HC007

October 16th, 2012
12:08 pm

If winning was easy, losers would be doing it.

Rob

October 16th, 2012
12:11 pm

Every single day, EVERY single day, I see some article from the AJC about how Atlanta doesn’t deserve its undefeated record. You know what, THEY scored more points than their opponents, that’s all that matters in the NFL. We aren’t looking to break the Dolphins records here, I think I speak for all of the fans, and all the players when I say, we have ONE goal, the Superbowl. The fact is, Atlanta is closer to the homefield in the playoffs than Anybody else. Keep it up Falcons! I don’t care how you win, and please beat that Joke of a QB up in Philly!

Senior Falcon

October 16th, 2012
12:13 pm

Block, tackle and run. Any questions?

falCANS

October 16th, 2012
12:15 pm

RUN THE BALL!!!!! Turner started off strong then we absolutely forgot about him. He has always been a guy that needs 20+ carries to be effective because he wears down defenses. Start Mike Pete at Mlb!!Daunte has been quite the surprise this season. Our safeties are unbelievable and have saved touchdown after touchdown as the opposing runnin backs have embarassed our front 7. THANK GOD FOR #55. To think I was advocatin lettin him go this offseason(monetary reasons). He is playing like he wants a ring AND a bust in canton. 20 more sacks and hes a lock

Michael M.

October 16th, 2012
12:26 pm

I can’t help but laugh at the negativity……………things will get better…………………………………………………………

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

October 16th, 2012
12:33 pm

It is obvious that it is a slow Falcons news story week since the Falcons have a bye week. So, now is the time that all of the stories will be surfacing about how the team has not earned the 6 and 0 record…..e.g., it’s just luck….haven’t played a team with a winning record, etc……

In the big scheme of things…..DOES IT REALLY MATTER HOW THEY WIN?…..BUT THAT THEY DO WIN THE GAMES!!!!!! GO FALCONS!!!!!

SirReal

October 16th, 2012
12:40 pm

I hear ya Michael M.lol Some is negative but some is true. Although Turner is damn near a shell of his former self, we still need him in the run game. He honestly looked like he could have gotten going against Oakland. We got too pass happy. Quizz is starting to show he may not be the back of the future for us as far as the workhorse back. Maybe the line forgot they can run block too?lol Its just amazing to see how we’ve been run heavy for 4 seasons and have had almost the same group..yet this year they cant do it. I watched the line and they didnt really give ANY holes. Thats on Pat Hill to fix. Bottom line though Birdland is that we still sit 6-0 atop the NFC and have 2 weeks to fix whats going on. The real schedule starts soon so we need to be ready. I totally agree with Senior Falcon. Block, TACKLE (for the love of humanity PLEASE learn how to wrap up guys!!!), and run. I still say we’re an 11-5 team. We shall soon see. :)

I0Falcon

October 16th, 2012
12:43 pm

the falcons were just flat against bad teams like carolina and oakland. When the big games come around, the falcons will be on fire. Falcons v. SF for the NFC title—book it!

Mike Franklin

October 16th, 2012
12:43 pm

Dear ESPN and AJC:

I give up… you win. I am no longer a proud fan of the 6-0 Falcons… a team I have followed through thick and thin, richer and poorer, in sickness and health since 1968. What was the happiest football season I had known since 1998… has become a nightmare of dark innuendo and endless speculation.

I can no longer stand the constant barrage of negativity so… congrats for destroying the marriage.

I’m going to Europe and riot with the soccer fans…

bopro

October 16th, 2012
12:50 pm

The Falcons are 6-0 and the national media is blasting them for not destroying every opponent. ABSURD! People keep talking about the playoffs but the team can’t do anything about that until they get there. As of right now, THEY LOOK LIKE AN ABSOLUTE LOCK to make it. As a long suffering fan of this team, I’ve seen many years that these games where they are squeaking by with a victory, ended with a loss. THAT’s THE DIFFERENCE PEOPLE!!! They are actually winning them this year. Only some transplanted newcomer to town would knock a 6-0 record. You really can’t please those people anyway because of their alligence to THEIR home team. WHICH BY THE WAY IS NOT 6-0. So all of you displaced Katrina victims, New England migraters, and rust belt runaways can GO TO HELL…or at least back to that place that was so great that YOU HAD TO LEAVE. GO FALCONS!!!!!

waynester

October 16th, 2012
12:51 pm

We’re all Falcon fans here, so we’re more aware than most how fast things can go downhill. ..a crucial few injuries can be a killer–of all the fanbases in the league– we’re aware of these things. We also now know how quickly it can be turned around with the right people pulling in the same direction. The whole organization has to stay focused on milestones & goals and that’s a lot of folks having to “just do your job” to pull off the kind of season we’re all hoping for. Practically all the problems we’re having are fixable with the exception of injuries. I don’t see ANY reason to break out the life vests yet….

Jim 70

October 16th, 2012
12:54 pm

I would rather win ugly like the falcons, than lose ugly like my jackets!

Falconbikerdude

October 16th, 2012
1:12 pm

The Falcons have a lot of work to do.. They are good.. but if we go up against the Giants right now.. we are going to get blown out of the park.. You have to figure out a way to neutralize the opponents defensive line. It is like our offensive line forgot how to run block. The holes for turner or rogers are not there. I can’t for the life of me figure out why Rogers can’t break one with his speed. He is questionable to me.. We will find out what we’re made of when we go into Philly and then the following week Dallas at home.

ctfalconsfan

October 16th, 2012
1:20 pm

I’m glad the Falcons have looked bad over the last three games..
- Keeps them humble and hungry during this bye week!!!

I can ssure you Smitty and everyone in Flowery Branch aren’t patting themselves on the back. They are working even harder to improve our rushing attack, pass blocking, run stop and tackling skills before we go into a tough 4 game stretch..

We may still be learning but I ‘d rather be 6-0 learning and developing than 3-3 learning and developing..

ctfalconsfan

October 16th, 2012
1:25 pm

SirReal I hope we aren’t a 11-5 team.. That would mean we would go 5-5 during the rest of the season, limp into the play-offs and get hammered by a hot 9-7 wildcad team…

We need to be shooting for 13-3 or better!!

Ed

October 16th, 2012
1:25 pm

Even if the Falcons had beaten all 6 opponents 35-0 ESPN still wouldn’t give us any respect, they would say that it was flukish. So it doesn’t really matter I’ve stopped caring what they say about us in TV.

Amy

October 16th, 2012
1:34 pm

ATLANTA FALCONS,<3
All day, My boys stunting out there,(:
No matter what even doe we always do good in the post season and then we mess up at the last minute,
This is different,! First time ever in Atlanta History we Been 6-0 about to be 7-0.<3
I gott faith in my boys,!<3(:

Grape Nuts are neither grapes or nuts

October 16th, 2012
1:35 pm

Dunta Robinson needs to keep quiet and learn to tackle.

Grape Nuts are neither grapes or nuts

October 16th, 2012
1:37 pm

Ed
October 16th, 2012
1:25 pm

Even if the Falcons had beaten all 6 opponents 35-0 ESPN still wouldn’t give us any respect, they would say that it was flukish. So it doesn’t really matter I’ve stopped caring what they say about us in TV

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Why would ESPN give you, the fan any respect? Why would it matter?

Why does it matter which team they give respect? ESPN is not responsible for who makes post season play. The teams are responsible for that. To complain about ESPN and a lack of respect is laughable.

Grape Nuts are neither grapes or nuts

October 16th, 2012
1:42 pm

I just checked ESPN’s web site and they have the Falcons ranked first in their power rankings……Now explain to me how ESPN does not respect the Falcons? Is there a better ranking than first? Some secret Jesus list the Falcons should be on?

Esquire

October 16th, 2012
1:49 pm

Take the week off, come back and sharpen the talons, then ruffle some Eagle feathers!

Dwayne pn

October 16th, 2012
2:00 pm

in 1987 my dad have a growth on his inner thighe he showed it to me it was nasty and oozin paaaaaaa-chichity puss twas totally gross~n~stuff we thoght’ed it be some types of cancercous carcinogens in his blood streams causing cancers to be RISING UP to his external hardwear AKA skin at first doctors thoght’ed it de be be da cancers culminating in his nether reqions as well das w’be doings in ourz brains too turns our twas just ingrown hairs moral of dat story is THINGS ARE NOT AS BAD AS THEY SEEM YET WE ARE STILL UNDEFEATED AND WE HAVE PLAYED LIKE DOGS TURDS ON A HIGH HUMIDITY DAY DAAAAAYYYYUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMM

RISE UP LIKE AN ERECT JIMMA JAMMA

Reality talks...

October 16th, 2012
2:05 pm

Folks ,,, the criticism is warranted. If they can’t take a team like Oakland to the woodshed at home, they will struggle mightily against the Giants or any team that makes the postseason. How can a QB like Ryan, who is a 4th quarter wizard and will give him that much, not QB sneak the ball for a TD with the ball at the 2 inch line. See last years playoff embarrassment and the NO game when he couldn’t get 6 inches. Now we are starting to see them resemble who they really are, versus the first 3 games – getting bailed out by the D. Ryan is going way more to his blanky Gonzo and less to White and Jones, Turner is just not the back he once was, so I predict that they lose the next 3 games against Philly, Dallas and NO, win against AZ, lose to TB, win against NO, lose against Carolina, NYG and Detroit, and finsih with a win at home against TB ,, for a realistic 9-7 record and miss the playoffs.

TONYT203

October 16th, 2012
2:06 pm

Thanks bopro. I couldn’t have said it better. That’s for all u haters.

Robin

October 16th, 2012
2:13 pm

we can split the rest of our games and still make the playoffs. shrug

Reality talks...

October 16th, 2012
2:19 pm

Bopro … you gotta quit getting so emotional. I don’t hate the Falcons, but I have my head on right about the fact that they could easily be 4-2 versus 6-0. I have followed them for a long long time and want them to win more than ever, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to turn into a blind man. They are not anything to get too excited about, because they can easily be man handled like they were in the playoffs last year and against GB the year before. They definitely seem to be better coached on O & D, but that is not going to make up for the fact that Ryan lacks as a dominating QB. Great under pressure of 4th quarter, but average until then.

TONYT203

October 16th, 2012
2:20 pm

Reality talks, what r u smokin’. You remind me of that guy on that NFL mobile commercial. He comes in late and make a dumb ass comment, because he didn’t know what the hell he was talking about. Only the Giants pose a real threat to the Falcons. Every team you picked to beat them are playing some of the worst football I’ve ever seen. Maybe you should get NFL Sunday Ticket. Or just watch a game every now and then. Stop watching SportCenter highlights. Then maybe you won’t seem as stupid as the guy in the commercial..

Grape Nuts are neither grapes or nuts

October 16th, 2012
2:24 pm

Remember Jim Mora as coach? Fast starts and poor finishes. This team and coaching staff is way better. Sure, there is concern, but 6 – 8 years ago this team would begin it’s mid season collapse.

dean

October 16th, 2012
2:29 pm

I’m VERY happy that ATL is 6-0.

However, the statement, “Style doesn’t count in the standings, but the quality of Atlanta’s play is regressing even as the victories keep coming.”, is very, very true. Speaking the truth is not being negative, unless you are speaking to a child.

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Mike Franklin

October 16th, 2012
2:30 pm

I agree with… someone… I think on another AJC thread, that said to hell with the style points and the ratings and the sports media keyboard jockeys. It’s better to be underrated and under the radar than work for those who take potshots at you.

Barry

October 16th, 2012
2:31 pm

Hey Y’all:

6-0 is great !! The “PROCESS” is continuing. Yes, we have some things to “FIX” on offense and defense. We have been playing together in “ONE HEARTBEAT!” as we are getting through these wins. However, the “FIXES” have to come quick for we are moving into some “FUN” and “COMPETITIVE” games in the second half of the seasons. Our offensive line have to tighten things up in the running game. They could not move the defensive line of the Raiders 2 inches at the goal line to get a touchdown. Remember, these are the same linemen from” last year” who had difficulty in moving inches against other teams in the leauge that we played last year. No offense, but they have to get better in moving defensive linemen in order to make holes. If they can’t do it, let the “ROOKIES” that we drafted get a chance to see what they can do. PUT THEM IN THE FIRE TO GET BATTLE TESTED!!! We are coming down to aggressive defensive teams like the Giants, who destroyed our line last year. We will see them again, and other defensive front four like them. What changes have we made on the offensive line to beat these guys as compared to last year. They are in our way towards the Super Bowl. We better be ready to defeat them. Will our new offensive schem work to do it? I do not think so. The line currently are not busting holes for Turner or the other running backs in this offensive line blocking scheme. I believe it’s the personnel. And if we are going to continue winning and getting to the Super Bowl, if they do not play better against better defensive fronts against the run and pass, then they need to be changed.

Our defensive interior needs to get more NASTY. They appear to not have the ability to shed blockers, on a consistant basis, and as a team, in getting to the running backs and the quarterback. WE NEED SOME BIG, IMMOVABLE, MOBILE OBJECTS IN THERE TACKLING RUNNERS IN THE BACKFIELD AND SACKING QUARTERBACKS. I am more than confident this will get fixed in some manner, with the addition of Corey Peter, but he will need help from the rest of the guys up there. ITS TIME TO GET DURTY AND NASTY FELLAS. THE SUPPR BOWL RUN STARTS WHEN YOU GET OUT OF THIS “BYE” WEEK. Get ready in “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!!”. I HEAR YOU GUYS COMING. “THUMP!!! YOU’RE GETTING LOUDER!!! THUMP… THUMP!!!! ……..!!!!. LET’S DO THIS!!!!

GO FALCONS!!!!!!

THE “PROCESS” CONTINUES TO THE SUPER BOWL.

“FALCONS, RISE UP!!! WE “RISE UP!!” IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!”

SSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
This is a SECRET from a FALCON FAN!!! TELL EVERYBODY!!!!!!!

……………………………”ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!!…………………..

ctfalconsfan

October 16th, 2012
2:31 pm

Reality Talk? 9-7, REALLY??? So the team will go 3-7 the rest of the way and miss the PO?
- I have to agree with TONYT203 that you do in fact sound like the dumbass on that tv commercial.. LOL..

Reality Talk you certainly aren’t a Falcon fan so don’t pretend that you support this organization..

realfan

October 16th, 2012
2:47 pm

True fans will tell their team the truth. That Coach Smith and others are saying what we already know is a start.. Geting the best out of the players we have is a moving in the right direction but until we start fixing the glaring problems our team has, we will never get any further than one and done in the playoffs. I agree with Arthur Blank when he says making it to the playoffs is not good enough.

Colonel Coo

October 16th, 2012
2:49 pm

Can we review the last two weeks of weakness? Redskins at home off a 10 day rest. 10 days versus 7 days makes a difference. Being at home makes a difference. Three advantages to Redskins: rest prep and homefield.
Oakland off the bye week. Two weeks of rest. Two weeks of prep. Home field to Atlanta.

Folks, that’s two teams back to back that have been better rested and more time to prepare. YET Atlanta WON.

The only real problem I see with Atlanta is Matty Ice coming in nervous/cold. I can’t tell if it’s just gameday jitters or him just being off. But Ryan’s performance improves through the game with his mistakes coming early on.

MaxxFalcon

October 16th, 2012
2:50 pm

Dwayne pn
October 16th, 2012
2:00 pm

in 1987 my dad have a growth on his inner thighe he showed it to me it was nasty and oozin paaaaaaa-chichity puss twas totally gross~n~stuff we thoght’ed it be some types of cancercous carcinogens in his blood streams causing cancers to be RISING UP to his external hardwear AKA skin at first doctors thoght’ed it de be be da cancers culminating in his nether reqions as well das w’be doings in ourz brains too turns our twas just ingrown hairs moral of dat story is THINGS ARE NOT AS BAD AS THEY SEEM YET WE ARE STILL UNDEFEATED AND WE HAVE PLAYED LIKE DOGS TURDS ON A HIGH HUMIDITY DAY DAAAAAYYYYUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMM

RISE UP LIKE AN ERECT JIMMA JAMMA

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Mister Mike

October 16th, 2012
2:56 pm

Okay, we’re not running well. How can you justify a run set when you have Tony Gonzo, Julio and Roddy White?

Mister Mike

October 16th, 2012
2:59 pm

@Colonel Coo; I totally agree~! Not to mention the Birds were at home, getting ready for a losing team ahead of their own bye-week. Seems like this one was the Raiders for the taking but they just couldn’t capitalize!

go birds!

JoeFalconsFan

October 16th, 2012
3:02 pm

This is a very good team…arguably the best Falcons team in history, but they do have some issues. The O-Line needs to protect Ryan better and open holes for Turner to run through. The D-Line needs to get better at stopping the run and our secondary has to learn to tackle better. Winning is what matters in the NFL. This isn’t college, where if you barely beat a losing team, you could drop in the rankings. Whether they win “ugly” or “pretty”…it ultimately does not matter. A win is a win, but they can’t play like they have been playing and expect to beat the Giants or 49ers. I’m glad they have the bye week to tweak some things, so hopefully we’ll continue the winning trend no matter who we play! RISE UP FALCONS!!

Mister Mike

October 16th, 2012
3:03 pm

It was only 7 short weeks ago there were plenty of talking heads picking Narleans ahead of Atlanta, and a few picking TB or the Panthers behind them!

44counter

October 16th, 2012
3:05 pm

The Patriots woulda had a perfect season IF the ball hadn’t stuck to the crown the receiver helmet.
I would be a billionaire IF Bill Gates was my father.
The Falcons ARE 6-0 on 10-16-12, PERIOD!!

Mister Mike

October 16th, 2012
3:18 pm

Not too mention, who cares that we are playing sloppy ball now? This time last year the Giants were 5 – 1, then went on to loose to the 49’s, Eagles, Saints and Packer’s, 4 games straight! And another one to the lowly Redskins in week 15. Who give a first down what the heck the are doing now as long as they peak later!

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

October 16th, 2012
3:32 pm

Maybe I missed the memo…..BUT….. some of you must have acquired the ability to see into the future since you can already predict that the Falcons can’t possibly beat the Giants, 49ers, or the Packers.

Between now and the playoffs (which are months away) the dynamics can greatly change, e.g., injuries, suspensions, etc.

GA_Native

October 16th, 2012
3:36 pm

Not a Turner hater. He’s my fantasy back and I own an authentic Turner jersey.

With that said I’m THRILLED we’re winning via the pass. On our offense alone Turner would be the #5 threat (behind Ryan, Roddy, TG, and Julio). SO WHY FORCE the offense thru him?!!! Like GB, he should consider himself a complimentary piece, execute when called on (vs tiptoeing), and shut up/play ball.

A true leader will accept the role -Especially when we’re winning with it- and be a professional doing it.

GA_Native

October 16th, 2012
3:37 pm

GB = Green Bay’s offense.

Jst Askn

October 16th, 2012
3:39 pm

THANK YOU Bopro!!!

KC Falcon

October 16th, 2012
3:41 pm

All these nitpickers after the win on Sunday. These blogger/columnists/so-called-”experts” need to remember that this is the NFL.

Many coaches have said that the margin for error is thissssss close in this league. Why is anyone still ’surprised” when Oakland comes in a plays the Falcons tough? Bills win at Arizona. Seattle beating New England. It happens all the time.

These writers have a lot of time on their hands and a lot of space to fill, so they come up with a breakdown of a 6-0 team. Why don’t the Super Bowl Champion Giants win every game? Come on. Why are the Packers “only” 3-3? What’s wrong beyond firing the DC up in Philly?

This is the NFL. There isn’t going to be perfection. Not in a season. Not in a game.

Think how far the Falcons have come as a franchise since 2008. They are just now getting to the point where I think things will really begin coming together. The passing game is better equiped
to be the focal point of this team than ever before. Yes, the OL blocking and running game issues must be corrected. They will be. Quizz will continue to get more touches, as he should.

On D tackling and wrapping up will be stressed and executed. Some solid run defeders should be coming back from injury.

It will all come down to how they play against teams like the Cowboys, Giants and Saints. The Falcons must beat those teams to stay in the upper group of teams in the NFL. And then win in the playoffs.

The national media is never going to give this team a lot of love. They must go earn all they get themselves. They will be focused to do that. The Falcons are a lot more explosive this season on offense and defense. But they have not been a team that is built to blow people out. Just to win by 3-7 points in most games.

MS and Company will continue to improve and win win lots of games. They are in good hands. You can’t have 34-10 every week in this league. Falcons will be just fine.