Jump to content

Putting focus on the Falcons’ playoff picture


FalconMama
 Share

Recommended Posts

With a quarter of the season left, the NFC playoff race is taking shape. The Falcons are right in the thick of it.

The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants have controlled the East division all season. Minnesota has taken over the North. Arizona owns the woeful West.

Falcons head coach Mike Smith says ‘The NFC South is without a doubt, the toughest division in football.’

In the South, Tampa Bay and Carolina are in front with the Falcons just a game back. New Orleans is on life support.

“The NFC South is without a doubt, the toughest division in football,” Falcons head coach Mike Smith said. “It’s going to basically be a round robin [tournament] over the next couple of weeks.”

With the Falcons facing key divisional matchups the next two weeks with the Saints and Buccaneers, here are five questions that should help clear up the NFC playoff race:

Do the Falcons have a Dome field advantage?

The Falcons could make the playoffs without playing another game outdoors. They have two games at home and games in the Superdome (New Orleans) and Metrodome (Minneapolis). The Falcons are 5-1 in the Georgia Dome this year. However, they’ve had trouble in the Superdome the last couple of years and lost to the Vikings at the Metrodome with Joey Harrington at the controls last season. The Minnesota game is key because the Vikings are fighting to wrap up their division.

Does Dallas have the hardest road to travel?

If things ended today, DeMarcus Ware, Tony Romo, Jessica Simpson, Jerry Jones and the rest of the Cowboys would be at home with remote control in hand. They have perhaps the toughest road to the playoffs with games at Pittsburgh (9-3), vs. New York Giants (11-1), vs. Baltimore (8-4) and at Philadelphia (6-5-1). If the Cowboys come up a game short, they will kick themselves for a 34-14 loss to St. Louis in October.

Are the Giants the class of the conference?

They are tied with Tennessee for the best record in the NFL at 11-1. Unless they have a complete collapse, the G-men could wrap up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs by going 2-2 down the stretch coupled with a loss each by Tampa Bay and Carolina. They are trying to become the first repeat Super Bowl winners since New England did it in after the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

How will the NFC South be won?

The dust will start to settle after next weekend when Atlanta plays at New Orleans and Tampa Bay plays at Carolina on Monday night. The Falcons can essentially end the Saints season with a victory. Tampa Bay’s defense has been steady all season and is perhaps the best unit in the division on either side of the ball. The Bucs come to the Georgia Dome after the Carolina game, before closing out the season with at home against lowly San Diego and Oakland. Carolina closes with Denver, the Giants and New Orleans.

Which team can get hot and crash the party?

Several teams are on the outside looking in — Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington, New Orleans, Chicago and Green Bay. The Cowboys and Bears appear to be playing well enough to make a run. The Packers have given up 51 and 35 points in their last two games. The Eagles are dysfunctional and too dependent on a hobbled Brian Westbrook. With Drew Brees it might not be wise to count out the Saints from winning four straight to get to 10-6. The Redskins are counting on quarterback Jason Campbell to wins some games down the stretch.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Do the Falcons have a Dome field advantage?

The Falcons could make the playoffs without playing another game outdoors. They have two games at home and games in the Superdome (New Orleans) and Metrodome (Minneapolis). The Falcons are 5-1 in the Georgia Dome this year. However, they’ve had trouble in the Superdome the last couple of years and lost to the Vikings at the Metrodome with Joey Harrington at the controls last season. The Minnesota game is key because the Vikings are fighting to wrap up their division.

We've already proven we can beat NO in a dome and I think Matty Ice is little bit better than Joey Harrington. Just a little :lol:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...