Buying or Selling Atlanta Falcons Going Undefeated After Week 9 Win

Jeremy SickelContributor IIINovember 5, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 04:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates after a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at Georgia Dome on November 4, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Falcons remained undefeated following Sunday night's 19-13 home win over the Dallas Cowboys.

While there are others in the conversation as teams considered the NFL's best at this point, only the Falcons remain without a blemish. And the question of whether Atlanta can run the table in the regular season is becoming more legitimate with each victory.

Only the 1972 Miami Dolphins and the 2007 New England Patriots have finished the regular season undefeated, so the odds are stacked against the Falcons to become the third team to join that group.

When looking at Atlanta's situation as a whole, however, it seems that a path could be laid for a special season.

The Falcons are winning games in a variety of ways and are doing it in a not-so-dominant fashion, other than their record. And they have yet to face an elite team—unless you think the Denver Broncos fit that label.

Their remaining eight games feature only three teams currently at .500 or better (two with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and one game each with the New York Giants—which is a home game, where Matt Ryan is 30-4 in his career—and the Detroit Lions).

Atlanta also faces a struggling New Orleans Saints team twice, along with a home game against the reeling Arizona Cardinals and a road game with the inconsistent Carolina Panthers.

While the NFL has proved there are no paper champions, the Falcons' remaining schedule is as favorable as any to close out the season.

The Falcons possess one of the league's most potent offenses. Matt Ryan is afforded the luxury of throwing the ball to Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez—arguably the NFL's best receiving trio.

Atlanta averages 376.6 yards and 27.5 points per game on offense, both good enough for eighth in the league. And the defense is making just enough plays to keep this team balanced.

When offering up the possibility of the Falcons finishing 16-0, how they match up in each game is the only barometer—and this team passes that test.

However, Ryan and Co. are no strangers to regular-season success.

Atlanta is 51-19 when the quarterback starts and has made the postseason in three of four seasons since he entered the league in 2008, with 2012 all but guaranteed to be his fourth playoff appearance.

However, Ryan is 0-3 in the postseason and has tallied only 584 passing yards and three touchdowns, while throwing four interceptions.

The Falcons would gladly trade a few regular-season losses for a deep playoff run in 2012, but it's likely they will be favored in each of their remaining games—and for good reason.

As Atlanta keeps adding to the win column, Mercury Morris and Co. must sweat out another attempt at surpassing the 1972 Dolphins' record.

With all things considered, the Falcons might just pull it off.


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