Twisted wrote:Moore, who are the 4 winning teams the Falcons beat this year?
I hope you're not counting the Cowboys as a winning team? the 9-7 Giants? sure why not they were steam rollin when the falcs played em.. lol
you also beat the Broncos BEFORE they got hot as a team, just like 5 teams beat the Hawks before they opened it up..
I have the Giants, Redskins and Broncos as the only Teams the Falcons beat that ended OVER .500
fact of the matter is every other team the Falcons faced ended at (1 team, cowboys) or under .500, thats 12 teams under .500 and one at?
and yes I made a mistake somewhere stating the Falcons defense as 28th, that was old, they ended 24th, cant find thread for correction..
but yea regardless, the Falcs played 12 teams that finished under .500, several well under, and they lost to 2 of those teams, on the other hand they faced a decent division all 7-9 or better but we must consider those teams faced the same weak opponents as well because they're in the same division..
NFC west may look weak but look at who they faced outside and inside their division?
just facing facts, any given Sunday is my rule...
I was counting the Cowboys - thanks for the correction. And yes, the Giants were "steam-rolling" when we faced them. They had just put up 50+ the week before, and while I don't put much stock into power rankings, they were almost universally ranked in the top 3 and favored to beat us, and maybe even blow us out.
Saying we beat the Broncos before they got hot and turning right around and saying that's the only reason the Hawks lost early in the season is silly. The Broncos had just beat up Pittsburgh the week before and were considered the early season SB frontrunners. Now that they're 13-3 and the number one seed in the AFC, everyone wants to make it sound like our win didn't count. That's cherrypicking. I'm looking at all the games teams played.
The Falcons defense isn't 24th, imho. Yardage statistics are empty as a measuring stick when it comes to bend-but-don't-break and teams racking up yardage in garbage time. We're 5th in points allowed, 1st in passing TDs allowed, and I believe we're tied (with you guys) at 4th in terms of turnover differential.
The three teams we lost to had better records than three of the teams you lost to, so once again...you're cherry picking in that case.
Lastly, I never said the NFC West was weak. I argued that they weren't as weak as some might consider them to be offensively, but rather, that the good defenses that the teams in their division had faced made their offenses look weaker than they really were. Similarly to how all the good offenses in the NFC South, mixed with common opponents, make the Falcons opponents look like they're worse on defense than they might actually be.