If you didn’t know anything about the NFL, you’d think the Atlanta Falcons are currently one of the worst teams in the league. The Falcons’ 6-0 record is continually overlooked and discredited. A couple of NFL.com writers – Adam Rank and Ian Rapoport – even dubbed the Falcons as “frauds.” Gregg Rosenthal has the Falcons ranked sixth in his power rankings.
Eddie George isn’t buying the Falcons, either.
Analysts are in love with reminding the audience how the Falcons have won close games the past three weeks. Here’s a bit of a news flash: good teams win close games and bad teams lose close games. The isn’t college football where you want to blow out your opponent so you can be ranked accordingly. In the NFL, a win is a win is a win.
Bill Parcells said you’re as good as your record says you are, and he’s absolutely right. You can attempt to take away from a win or do whatever you wish, but the fact of the matter is almost doesn’t count, no matter how badly pundits want you to believe otherwise.
What’s more baffling is how people – notably Colin Cowherd and Tedy Bruschi – attempt to say the Falcons’ close wins shouldn’t count, but in the same breath, attempt to make the New England Patriots look better than their 3-3 record reads. The Patriots have lost three games by a total of four points, but you’d think they were undefeated. So, what you’re telling me is it’s better to lose a close game rather than win?
You’ve got to be kidding me.
Don’t get me started on the whole “Falcons don’t deserve respect until they win in the playoffs.” Well, in order for the Falcons to get a playoff win, they first have to get to the playoffs.
It’s time to cut the crap and give the Falcons a little bit of credit for being the only undefeated team in the league.