If (when?) the Falcons beat the Buccaneers tomorrow night, they’ll be checking an awful lot of boxes, getting to a winning season in 2017, staying ahead in the playoff race, and taking the lead in the all-time series with Tampa Bay. They’ll also hit one of those milestones that I like to bring up randomly to depress you.
A win tomorrow would give the Falcons nine wins for just the 15th time in franchise history. It would be the second time in three seasons for Dan Quinn, making him one of only three coaches in Falcons history to achieve the mark (Mike Smith had five such seasons in his seven years, and Dan Reeves did it twice in six years). That’s not a hugely significant milestone, I suppose, but it feels good to know the Falcons are much better and relevant than they have been in the past.
If you’re wondering how much better it has been to be a Falcons fan in recent years, even with the advent of the 16 game season not arriving until 1978, a full eight of those 14 nine win seasons have come since 2000. In their first 34 years in the league, they put up just six such seasons, as any longtime fan probably already knew. Something to remember next time things feel dire, I’d say.