The undefeated Atlanta Falcons sit comfortably atop the NFC South as they head into their bye week.
The Falcons' 6-0 record might be tops in the NFL, but four of those wins have come against AFC teams.
The meat of the 2012 schedule is still ahead for the Matt Ryan-led team. Games that will have direct playoff implications are on the horizon, and the Atlanta Falcons may find it a bumpy ride down Desperation Row.
The Atlanta Falcons learned a hard lesson against the Oakland Raiders: desperation is dangerous.
The Oakland Raiders played their best football of the season and almost upset the Falcons at the Georgia Dome. This may be a bad omen for the Falcons, as they will face four desperate teams in as many weeks.