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While there was not too much cause for alarm, the Falcons have established an exhibition-season pattern under Coach Mike Smith, according to AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter.
Here are some quick facts that they pulled out on the losing streak.
With the loss to the Bengals, the Falcons have lost seven consecutive exhibition games, dating to 2010.
Their last victory was a 16-6 win over Miami on Aug. 27, 2010.
The Falcons have never had a winning exhibition season under Smith. They are 6-12 overall.
In 2008, they were 2-2 before going 11-5 in the regular season and earning a wild-card playoff berth.
In 2009, they were 2-2 before going 9-7 in the regular season.
In 2010, they were 2-2 before going 13-3, winning the NFC South and earning a playoff berth.
Last season, they were 0-4 before going 10-6 and earning a wild-card playoff berth
With the team heading to Miami next Friday for a matchup with the Dolphins, Smith will look to end the streak but remains fixed on what he feels the preseason is really about, getting better.
“Every time that we go out, we want to win football games,” Smith said. “There is no doubt about that. But our number one goal in the [exhibition] season is to get to the first game [of the regular season] as healthy as possible. We’re going to out there and play our tails off to try to win the ball game, but first and foremost we are looking at trying to install our scheme and keep players healthy.”