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Welcome to a 5-0 Monday. It is also the first in franchise history. The Falcons are coming off a 24-17 win over Washington on Sunday to remain flawless in the standings and maintain a stranglehold on the NFC South. To celebrate, I scour the Internet to find things for you to read. See how that works? Enjoy.
Friend o’the site Pat Yasinskas, he of the ESPN.com NFC South blog, has a great reaction piece to the Falcons going 5-0. He questioned the longest tenured member of the team (Todd McClure) and NFL currently on the roster (Mike Peterson) to find that neither has experienced this kind of success. The word “sweet” came up a couple of times. Sweet, indeed!
For those of you outside the state of Georgia, this might be lost on you, but it was a bad sports weekend for the state with infield-fly rules and whatnot. I saw a lot of tweets this weekend about how the Falcons were the lone hope left standing to turn the weekend around. I thought, “Wow, that’s a lot of pressure. The whole state is depending on this team.” The Falcons made good on it, and the AJC’s Jeff Schultz ties this topic up nicely in his column from the game.
I’m a big fan of our friends over at The Falcoholic blog, so you’re getting a link from them. Dave Choate wraps up Sunday’s game in an easily-digestible, highly-entertaining format and I’d be remiss if I didn’t include it here. Find out his opinions on the awesome and the ugly from Sunday’s win.
The Washington Post’s Kent Babb writes that the Falcons aren’t where they want to be just yet. After two straight games of facing some adversity from themselves and opponents, it’s no surprise they’re reacting that way. Tony Gonzalez sums it up best in Babb’s piece: “We have not arrived yet, by any (means).”
Behind enemy lines, the Oakland Raiders — the Falcons’ next opponent — are coming off a bye week, which means they’ve had a chance to address shortcomings and they’re rested. That means the Falcons can’t rest on them, and they won’t. Mark Purdy, columnist for the Mercury News, opined before the Raiders bye that they had plenty of work to do during the two weeks. One thing is for sure: Oakland would love to be the team that puts an end to the Falcons’ hot streak.