6 Fatal Flaws That Will Haunt the Atlanta Falcons This Season

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6 Fatal Flaws That Will Haunt the Atlanta Falcons This Season
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The 2013 NFL regular season is finally upon us, and the Atlanta Falcons are gearing up for their Sunday afternoon showdown with the New Orleans Saints.

Coming off of a 13-3 season in 2012, Atlanta is entering this year with high expectations.

In this piece, we'll play devil's advocate and discuss six fatal flaws that could keep the Falcons from making a return trip to the conference championship game and the subsequent Super Bowl.

We identified these fatal flaws by acknowledging some of the team's historical trends under Mike Smith, reviewing the team's preseason performance and comparing the team's roster to those of a few other NFC contenders.

Again, we're talking about fatal flaws that will haunt the Falcons all season long.

Let's begin.

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