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Ok, I know we’d need a lot of help over the next 5 games and we’d need to win out but anyone have any insight on whether they think we have any hope at sneaking in with the last WC spot? Could 9-7 get it done? My second question, if we don’t make the playoffs do we fire our coach and/or our coordinators? I’d hate to see a new regime come in here and us start over with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones just getting older but it seems it may be necessary. We have the best “on paper” team in the NFL - sure injuries hurt us but that was mostly on defense - if we were anything close to the 2016 Falcons offense and scoring 38 points a game we’d still be looking at a shot of the division and a WC lock, at least!
Macintez posted a topic in Talk About the FalconsJust saw the press conference that Matt did on 11/07/18... If we squeak into the playoffs, every team should be afraid of mass devastation at the hands of Matt Ryan. The aura that he’s exuding is a “I’m am not about dat bullsh*t right now” type that, as I said earlier, he didn’t even have in the 2016 season. I typically hate making these kinds of posts; they don’t really generate any discussion, only optimism and you can’t really respond to that... But I really feel that Matt has gotten to that ideal point that all great QB’s must get to in their career to get to that all-time platou. He’s been doing surgical damage without a run game and our defense hasn’t really been up to par and... I haven’t seen a QB in this deep of a zone since Aaron Rodgers in his 2011 season and got dang that was one of the best seasons I’ve ever seen from a QB because he played with a “will not be denied” demeanor. Not only that, Calvin Ridley’s presence has really taken our offense to a level where everyone on this board COULD imagine in 2016 but just didn’t come to fruition. Calvin has, in my opinion, just given Matt Ryan a legit 5 additional seasons to his career. Which is going to be great for padding his HOF-stats, yes I said it. I’ve felt, even in the PRIME of his 2016 season that Matt was capable of playing EVEN BETTER. Now will it translate to better numbers than his 2016 season? Not necessarily, but I don’t care about that (except JJ’s TD’s I do want him to get more lmao) I care about winning football games... In style. And right now Matt Ryan is playing as stylish and boastful as a peacock draped in Versace. He is more of an MVP this year than he was in his MVP year. In the words of Roman Reigns... “Belee Dat”
stingbee posted a topic in Talk About the FalconsAt 4-4, we are setting pretty going into the 2nd half of the season. We only have two games with a team with a winning record. The NFC is still wide open, and even the Saints and Rams are beatable when you look at the statistics. The Falcons offense is inching towards the TOP 3 based on what I'm seeing. We are #2 in Passing, but I believe the Running Game will take a leap. The Falcons should have some great running numbers in the coming weeks. If you look at the prism, we are at #7 in the NFC. The teams that will be fighting for the Wild Card with us will be the Panthers and Vikings. I don't think we will be able to catch-up with the Saints. I think the Saints and the Rams will both finish with a 13-3 record or 12-4 record. But, we could definitely catch-up with Panthers and Vikings specially. Panther's Schedule... At Pitts (loss) At Detroit (W) Seattle (W) At Tampa At Cleveland Saints (L) Atlanta (L) at Saints (L) They finish the season at 10-6... The Vikings: At Chicago (L) Green Bay (W) At New England (L) At Seattle (L) Miami (W) At Detroit (W) Chicago (W) They will finish the season at 9-6-1 or 8-7-1. They have a tough schedule. Worst Case Scenario: 10-5-1 (this will make things a little more tough for the Falcons) The Falcons: At Cleveland (W) Dallas (W) At Saints (L) Baltimore (W) At Green Bay (W)/Our Offense will shred their defense and they may already have 6 losses by the time they meet us. Arizona (W) At Carolina (W) At Tampa We finish at 11-5 or 10-6. We will either finish #5 or #6 in the wildcard race. If this plays out like this, This Falcon team will be far more dangerous than the 2017 version because the offense will be deadly and being able to score in the Red Zone and 3rd down efficiency. Ito Smith is a great compliment to Coleman in the running game, and we may get Freeman back as well. Summary: The way the offense is playing and defense is trending back, we will be a juggernaut on the offense. This reminds me of 2016 on how we finished. I hope we don't have any more major injuries on Defense. Deion Jones return will solidify the back of the defense with Kazee. I believe it will also help by taking the stress out from our CB's. Duke Reilly seems more comfortable and I believe he is going go be serviceable. If Falcons were like a stock, I believe we hit our bottom during the Pittsburgh game. Since then, we have reversed the trends and inching back to normalcy-this means this is a good time to buy this stock because it adds a lot of value. The Rams and Saints are expensive stocks, but the Falcons are trending in the right direction. Buy Now!!!
The Buccaneers and the Eagles are the only teams who have been to the Super Bowl when the AFC North was on their schedule. No team out of the NFC playing the AFC North on their schedule has been back to the Super Bowl ever since. The Panthers and the Seahawks are the only teams who have been to the Super Bowl when the AFC South was on their schedule and each of them did it twice. The 2003 Panthers, 2005 Seahawks, 2013 Seahawks, and 2015 Panthers. From 2006-2012 (7 seasons in a row), every team out of the NFC who played in the Super Bowl played the AFC East on their schedule. That streak ended in 2013 when the Seahawks went to the Super Bowl with the AFC South on their schedule. Since the 2014 Seahawks, 3 out of the last 4 teams in the Super Bowl out of the NFC played the AFC West, including our Falcons in 2016. Since 2002, most teams out of the NFC who represented the Super Bowl played an AFC division and a NFC division going in the same direction except for the 2005 Seahawks, 2006 Bears, and 2012 49ers. What do I mean by this? Well, the 2002 Buccaneers played the AFC North and the NFC North. The 2003 Panthers played the AFC South and their own NFC South. The 2004 Eagles played the AFC North and the NFC North. The 2005 Seahawks played the AFC South and NFC East. The 2006 Bears played the AFC East and the NFC West. The 2007 Giants played the AFC East and their own NFC East. The 2008 Cardinals played the AFC East and the NFC East. The 2009 Saints played the AFC East and the NFC East. The 2010 Packers played the AFC East and the NFC East. The 2011 Giants played the AFC East and their own NFC East. The 2012 49ers played the AFC East and the NFC North. The 2013 Seahawks played the AFC South and the NFC South. The 2014 Seahawks played the AFC West and their own NFC West. The 2015 Panthers played the AFC South and their own NFC South. The 2016 Falcons played the AFC West and the NFC West. The 2017 Eagles played the AFC West and the NFC West. So coming into 2018, we know that every team out of the NFC who has represented the Super Bowl since the 2015 Panthers had a losing record the year before. It looks like the 49ers have a great chance of making it to the Super Bowl in year 2 with Shanahan and Jimmy G being the starter. The NFC West plays the AFC West this year. The 49ers also have an NFC North schedule that matches 2012, the last time they were in the Super Bowl as well. Now for NFC South stats and trends referring to the AFC divisions we've played. The Buccaneers best season came when playing the AFC North. The Saints best season came when playing the AFC East and they finally won the division for the first time in 6 years playing the AFC East last season as well. The Panthers best seasons have come when playing the AFC South (twice). The Falcons best seasons have come when playing the AFC West with 3 NFC Championship appearances, 1 Super Bowl appearance, three 11-5 records, and one 13-3 record. The Saints have never made the playoffs playing the AFC West. The Panthers usually play bad during AFC West seasons as well, except for 2008 when they were 12-4 taking the place of our 11-5 Falcons. Just like in 2013 when another 12-4 Panthers team took place of the 11-5 Saints during an AFC East season. and speaking of this, the Falcons have always played poorly during AFC East seasons, we've only made the playoffs once which was in 2017 as a wildcard and we were still 3rd in the NFC South. The AFC South seasons have usually gone to the Panthers, but the Saints had a solid year in 2011 while the Bucs last playoff trip happened in 2007. The Falcons usually play poorly during AFC South seasons too, in fact, we are the only team in the NFC South who's never won the division playing the AFC South, but we did make the playoffs in 2011 as a wildcard but it was just like 2017 when we played the AFC East. Our AFC North seasons have been randomly good or bad. We only won the division once which was in 2010 which is good. We were a wildcard in 2002. In each of those seasons we were on the road against the Steelers and Browns but at home against the Ravens and Bengals. We missed the playoffs in 2006 and 2014, which are our worst even seasons since playing in the NFC South. We were on the road against the Bengals and the Ravens but at home against the Browns and Steelers. Now check this out. In a pattern of the NFC South playing the AFC North, the Bucs won the division in 2002, the Saints won the division in 2006, the Falcons won the division in 2010, and the Panthers won the division in 2014 with a losing record. The Panthers have never had a winning record playing the AFC North actually. Finally, NFC South stats and trends referring to the NFC divisions we've played. Now this is most interesting part IMO. We've played the NFC East every 3 years since 2003. The Falcons have only made the playoffs ONCE playing the NFC East which was in 2012, but the good news is that we swept them in 2012 and 2015. Since 2003, whenever the NFC South has played the NFC East, we've always made it to at least the conference championship game. The 2003 Panthers made it to the Super Bowl. The 2006 Saints made it to the NFC Championship. The 2009 Saints (*cough* *cough*). The 2012 Falcons made it to the NFC Championship. The 2015 Panthers made it to the Super Bowl. What does this tell you? A good chance a team out of the NFC South will be back in the NFC Championship this year let alone the Super Bowl in Atlanta. The Falcons have NEVER won the division playing the NFC North, but we've made the playoffs playing the NFC North several times such as 2002, 2008, 2011, and 2017. 3 out of 4 times the Falcons won the division, we played the NFC West, something about the Falcons playing the West huh? However, it's been a pattern. 2004, 2010, and 2016, but not 2007 and 2013. Regardless of how 2018 goes for the Falcons, we will lose a lot of talented players to the free agency because of salary cap after this season. I believe the Falcons window will be 2018, 2019, and 2020. If we don't get it done after the 2020 season then I believe it's over for Matt Ryan. This upcoming 2018 the Super Bowl is in Atlanta come February 2019, but the biggest obstacle for us is knowing a team has never been to the Super Bowl in their home stadium. 2019 is an odd numbered year, an AFC South year, however, can the Falcons finally break that curse? In 2019 it'll be the first time since 2013 no team out of the NFC will be playing the AFC West and the NFC West at the same time. The NFC East plays the AFC East, but there will be no Giants/Patriots match up because Eli is getting old and so is Brady too. The run of NFC teams representing the Super Bowl with the AFC East on their schedule ended after 2012. Drew Brees will be 40 by this season. Thomas Davis and Julius Peppers will be retired. So I look at 2019 for the NFC South, and we play the AFC South (and the NFC West too), and the Falcons could have an extreme veteran shutdown defense along with a veteran offense. Matt Ryan will no longer be at the highest salary of QB's by then so that'll help his chances out by then. Pete Carroll won the Super Bowl playing the AFC South and the NFC South but lost it playing the AFC West and his own NFC West. Dan Quinn lost the Super Bowl playing the AFC West and the NFC West, but could Dan Quinn and the Falcons get in done in 2019 playing the AFC South and our own NFC South division? Year 5 for Dan Quinn could be a better version of year 5 for Mike Smith? Rings a bell? The first great odd numbered season in the history of our Falcons legit happens to be the year we win the Super Bowl in our white jerseys!? If the odd numbered season curse continues with the 2019 Falcons, then we still have a chance in 2020, because the Falcons are always the class of the NFC South when playing the AFC West right? 25 years from the 1995 Braves and 4 years from the 2016 Falcons. I'll take it! But we better get it done in one of these next 3 years, that's all I gotta say.