4-0. A quarter of the season over; nothing in the “L” column. Tops in the division. Tied for best in the conference.
Tied for best in the league.
We’re looking at arguably the best Atlanta Falcons ever. As exciting as the Vick days. As explosive as the 98 Super Bowl team. And most importantly, as well run as any professional organization.
Of course I’d say this anyway, (I did last week) but there are still things we haven’t yet seen from the Birds. I’m not saying undefeated, but I still don’t think the Falcons have shown us their very best.
That’s good news for a team that has been bounced out by the eventual Super Bowl champions in its last two playoff appearances.
Unfortunately, and I’m not about to pick on the AFC East, the Falcons themselves also haven’t seen the best. The best the rest of the league has to offer, that is.
The Falcons have gone the first quarter of their season without playing any of their six non-division, in-conference games. Those figure to be the toughest games of the year, and include dates with the Cardinals, Giants, Eagles, Cowboys and Lions.
Now those are all winnable games, and this is coming from a guy who was sure the San Diego Chargers would be too much of a test. But conference games are notorious for surprises, particularly later in the year.
And then there are the five remaining division games. We all saw how close the Panthers came to ending Atlanta’s perfect ride last week, the Saints are better than 0-4, and the Bucs are currently in second place in the division.
So before we put a bow on the division, let’s see how things go in the NFC. The Falcons played three non-conference games in the first quarter of the season, and play their final game against the AFC in the second.
NFC South favorites? No doubt.
But don’t crown it yet. I have a feeling it could be all but official by Thanksgiving.