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A Very Falcoholic Discussion: Adding a Goal to the List

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We all know the Falcons will be looking for their first ever back-to-back winning seasons this year. While this may seem like something small that many other teams have long-since accomplished, for us it's a pretty big deal. It could be the beginning of a long, bright future for our beloved birds. 

All this talk about reaching that one crucial goal has gotten me interested in finding out what other things the Falcons have never accomplished. Here's a small listing:

  • No Super Bowl Wins
  • No League MVPs
  • No Defensive Players of the Year
  • No Offensive Players of the Year

It could be argued that, ideally, a SB win would bring at least one of those other accomplisments with it. A Super Bowl is, alas, something I'm not prepared to bank on. A good many of us are simply wanting that first ever consecutive winning season. Anything else  would simply be icing on the cake. Would I mind having a player named League MVP or Offensive/Defensive player of the year without winning in the playoffs? You bet. Would I be excited if we went to the Super Bowl and actually won? I'd be jumping from roof to roof shouting it to the world! But I'm semi-realistic. That has about as much chance happening this year with our schedule as does me suddenly taking up balet dancing. Slim to none.

This does not mean that we are without an amazing accomplishment to aim for this season that doesn't involve finally earning back-to-back winning seasons. No, this goal I've set is something a little more tricky and a lot harder to earn.

While talking with Dave the other night, I wondered whether or not the Falcons have ever won all six NFC South games since the division was created in 2002. Dave, ever the Fearless Leader, intoned "Sounds like a post right there, my friend." Two hours of research later and I had the results of the query: no, the Falcons have never won all six NFC South games. Such a task would be a tall order, especially in a division as talented and, moreover, unpredictable as the NFC South. I feel it's certainly a goal we can add to the list this year.

With all of our offensive firepower, we could very well end up sweeping our division rivals for the first time ever. Can we do it? I think we certainly have a chance, especially if our defense performs better than expected. What say you, dear reader?

PS. Beneath the jump sits our year-by-year (since 2002) rival win/loss records. You know, just to give you a FYI.    

2002 Rival Record
CAR 2-0
TB 0-2
NO 2-0
2003 Rival Record
CAR 1-1
TB 1-1
NO 0-2
2004 Rival Record
CAR 2-0
TB 1-1
NO 1-1
2005 Rival Record
CAR 0-2
TB 0-2
NO 2-0
2006 Rival Record
CAR 1-1
TB 2-0
NO 0-2
2007 Rival Record
CAR 1-1
TB 0-2
NO 0-2
2008 Rival Record
CAR 1-1
TB 1-1
NO 1-1