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Do The Atlanta Falcons Have What It Takes To Go 16-0 This Season?

Submitted by on November 11, 2012 – 11:16 amOne Comment

Roddy White thinks the Atlanta Falcons have what it takes to become a part of NFL history.

Earlier this week, the talented wide receiver was asked whether or not the Falcons, who are currently 8-0, could run the table and go undefeated during the 2012-13 NFL season. And, despite the fact that the team would have to win eight more games in a row to do that, he didn’t hold his tongue or toss out a lame answer like, “We’ll just have to take it one game at a time and find out.” No, instead, he accepted the challenge and said that he thinks the Falcons have what it takes to go 16-0 this year.

“I think we’ve got the pedigree to do it,” he said after practice on Wednesday. “Offensively and defensively and how we are as a team. The locker room is very, very united right now. We go into every week expecting to win…We’ve still got to be consistent, don’t turn the ball over and get turnovers. That’s been the key to winning games all over the league. If we continue to do that, we’ll be just fine.”

We don’t doubt that. But, will “just fine” equate to an undefeated season? The odds say no. Almost every year, one team comes out on fire like the Falcons have this season. They reel off 12 or 13 wins in a row, make us all think they’re the best NFL team since the 1972 Dolphins…and then lose. And, the Falcons probably aren’t any different. In fact, if you look at the games they’ve played so far, they could easily have one or two losses right now. In games against both the Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders, they were looking at losses and, miraculously (thanks to an incredible catch by White against the Panthers and a Carson Palmer interception against the Raiders), fought back to win. So, their luck has to run out sometime, right?

Maybe. But, even if it doesn’t, they’ve got some tough battles ahead of them. They play the New Orleans Saints twice this month, including a game today in New Orleans. They still have games left against the New York Giants and the Detroit Lions as well, teams that both made the playoffs last season. And, don’t discount the suddenly red-hot Tampa Bay Buccaneers, either. The Bucs may still be a year or two away from contending with the Falcons and Saints for the division crown, but they’ve got enough offensive firepower to hang with the Falcons.

So, for all of those reasons, we’re betting against the Falcons chances of going undefeated. But, if nothing else, we’re glad to hear that they’re going to at least try and make history. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how far along they make it.

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