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Team Record: 13-3
Despite finishing the season tied for the best record in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, Mike Smith and the Atlanta Falcons simply don't feel like one of the best teams in the NFL.
I'm not saying they aren't a talented team, but it certainly seems like they've overachieved to lock up home-field advantage in the NFC. Sure, they have a dangerous offense with Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez, but who has this team really beat this year?
They beat the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins early in the season when both teams were still getting their footing. Atlanta also beat the New York Giants a few weeks back, but that Giants team had already started to fall apart.
Simply put, the Falcons have a great record, but they wouldn't have that record had they played a more difficult schedule. With the roster that Atlanta has built, Smith should have be a perennial favorite to win the Coach of the Year award.