The Atlanta Falcons came into the Eagles game facing their toughest challenge to date in 2012. While the vast majority of observers have given the Falcons plenty of credit for starting 6-0, they have also wondered just how good the Falcons are.
Through their first six games Atlanta faced one of the NFL’s easiest schedules and had to fight to the end to win two of those games, versus Carolina and Oakland. It wasn’t clear whether the Falcons were truly one the league’s best teams or a product of their schedule to some degree.
Much of that uncertainty subsided with their resounding 30-17 victory over the Eagles. It was undoubtedly Atlanta’s most complete performance in 2012, and the fact of the matter is that there wasn’t much, if any, room for improvement for the Falcons from this game. The Falcons dominated the contest with virtually no player standing out above another or any player playing noticeably poorly.
Let’s look deeper into the overall winners and losers for Atlanta after Week 8.