The Atlanta Falcons narrowly avoided their first loss Sunday afternoon. It was an exciting game, one that probably shaved a few weeks off Dave's already finite, alcohol-inhibited lifespan. At 5-0 the Falcons are one of the five remaining undefeated teams. They face t
he trashiest professional sports franchise known to man the division rival New Orleans Saints Thursday night after a short week. For now, let's break down some power rankings.
Atlanta and Denver keep finding ways to win, but neither look like the runaway freight train that Arizona does.
The Falcons avoided a pothole. Now, they'll drive all over the Saints.
Some queasy stomachs in Atlanta late Sunday, until Kirk Cousins gave everyone in red and black -- including the Coach of the Year Through Five Weeks (not that that is an award or anything) a huge gift: the old chuck-and-duck. Robert Alford's pick-six saved the day in a game where the Redskins were game. That's alright. A win is a win is a win.
Devonta Freeman had a 30-carry day in Week 3 and a 27-carry day in Week 5. He also has 17 catches the last three weeks. It's hard to imagine he continues to thrive with that heavy of a workload, but he looks tremendous. His decisiveness is a perfect fit for offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme.
The offense labored against the Redskins, but the defense saved the day. That's a good sign.
The latest indication they're for real -- Matt Ryan had three turnovers and zero TDs in Sunday's escape. #Quinning
Three defensive touchdowns for the Falcons in the past two weeks, including the game-winning score Sunday. The Falcons had three defensive touchdowns in their previous 29 games.
A real mixed bag, with many commentators seemingly unsure of the Falcons going forward. They're certainly on a hot streak, but whether that's the product of relatively tame competition remains to be seen. Your thoughts?