Atlanta Falcons: Back-to-Back Winning Seasons

Tyler EstepSenior Analyst IMay 13, 2009

Atlanta Falcons: Back-to-Back Winning Seasons

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Quarterbacks Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons and Kurt Warner #13 of the Arizona Cardinals greet after the NFC Wild Card Game on January 3, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated t

Reason No. 1: Matt Ryan will not succumb to the sophomore slump

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    FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - MAY 9: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons attempts a pass during minicamp at the Falcons Complex on May 9, 2009 in Flowery Branch, Georgia.  (Photo by Paul Abell/Getty Images)

Reason No. 2: Tony Gonzalez

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    FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - MAY 9: Tight end Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons stretches during minicamp at the Falcons Complex on May 9, 2009 in Flowery Branch, Georgia.  (Photo by Paul Abell/Getty Images)

Reason No. 3: The defense is good enough

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    FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - MAY 9: Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder of the Atlanta Falcons during minicamp at the Falcons Complex on May 9, 2009 in Flowery Branch, Georgia. (Paul Abell/Getty Images)

Reason No. 4: An absurdly difficult schedule

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 14: A fan of the Atlanta Falcons watches play  against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  at the Georgia Dome on December 14, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Realistic Expectations

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Head coach Mike Smith of the Atlanta Falcons talks with refferees during the NFC Wild Card Game against the Arizona Cardinals on January 3, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Ge