The Atlanta Falcons managed to get through one of the roughest patches on their schedule—at New Orleans, at Dallas, and against New England on Thursday Night Football—with a 1-2 record. While not a tremendous performance, the team came out of it at 4-6. Understandably, Atlanta’s fans were feeling a distinct lack of confidence after two straight blowout losses to the Cowboys and Patriots.
In Week 12, Atlanta got to face a much easier opponent in the Jacksonville Jaguars. Things went about as expected, with the Falcons getting a solid-if-unspectacular win over an inferior opponent. How has fan confidence responded with the team getting back to winning, and climbing to a 5-6 record?
It seems like winning is a good way to create positive feelings about the team. Who knew? Falcons fan confidence in the direction of the team has rebounded after the victory over Jacksonville. After reaching a season low of 20% after Week 11’s loss, we’ve returned to fairly moderate levels of faith in the team with a 60% mark.
This seems very fair to me, considering the victory was against the Jaguars. It’ll be tough for confidence to ever match the post-Saints win high, but the team should have several opportunities to reward our faith. While a victory is unlikely this week against the Buccaneers, a stretch of relatively winnable games approaches on the schedule.
Matchups with the Panthers and Lions await over the next four games, with a tough road trip to San Francisco sandwiched in the middle. Even if Atlanta goes 2-2 over this stretch, they should remain in the thick of the Wild Card race with a 7-8 record. We’ll need to see more consistent play from the team for them to give us any faith in their ability to beat good teams down the stretch, but their ability to at least beat the bad teams on their schedule is moderately encouraging.
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