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The Oakland Raiders are just one of the teams under .500 the Falcons have played this season
The Falcons have had a relatively easy schedule in their unbeaten campaign this season. They’ve faced the entire AFC West. They played the Oakland Raiders in their most recent game, and the Falcons narrowly escaped with a 23-20 victory.
They beat the 1-5 Carolina Panthers in Week 4 by two points and the 3-4 Washington Redskins in Week 5.
This is all to say that the Falcons have yet to play a team that has a record better than .500.
Well for the next few weeks, that won’t change. The Falcons come out of their bye week and head to Philly in Week 8 to face the Eagles, who picked up a couple losses heading into their own week off.
In two weeks, they’re back on the road to face a re-energized New Orleans team that’s won two in a row. In the Saints’ last game, Drew Brees completed 27 of 37 passes for 377 yards and four TDs.
If that’s not a reason to improve your defense, I don’t know what is.
They still have to face the Cardinals (4-3, though their offense has struggled in three consecutive losses), Eli Manning’s Giants, and a Detroit Lions team that’s ranked second in the league in passing yards.
But what the team really needs to worry about is the opposing rush game. The Falcons allow an average of 144 yards rushing to their opponents. They gave up 474 total yards to the Raiders in Week 6. Had it not been for Oakland’s 110 penalty yards, the Falcons might have been handed their first loss of the year.
With the offenses the Falcons still have to go against in the second half, they’ll definitely need to improve their defense if they have any chance of staying undefeated.