There's No Need to Hit the Panic Button on an Atlanta Falcons Super Season
The sky is not falling for the Falcons.
There's no need to panic on the 2013 season. The Falcons are still a Super Bowl caliber team despite injuries. Sure, they've faced adversity, but as the great Malcolm X once said,
There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.
The Falcons have a chance to learn how to be the team they have the talent to be. They can still win the Super Bowl, but they will have to fix some issues that they have. However, the biggest point is to not lose hope.
Let's take a look at a couple of trends that have shown early this season as well as what the league has shown over the past three seasons. Imperfect teams win Super Bowls, because they have faced adversity.
NFC hasn't been as good on the field as it is on paper
OK, starting out 1-2 looks horrible. And sure, the Falcons have lost some heartbreaking games. But let's look at the bright side here, the two losses the Falcons have are on the road to two teams who are 3-0. Both were also to teams in their home opener.
Looking over the NFC, there's only five teams above .500—New Orleans, Chicago, Seattle, Dallas and Detroit. The other 11 are all 1-2 or worse. So even though the Falcons are two games behind New Orleans for the division, they are right there with everyone else in the playoff hunt.
The Falcons could still compete for the division if they can get hot at the right time, and if New Orleans drops a couple games to the better teams that wind up on their schedule. But as of now, there's no reason to think that the Falcons can't make the playoffs. So stop panicking.
Injuries haven't stopped past champions
The 2010 Green Bay Packers went 10-6 and won the Super Bowl after a huge season-long injury plague hit the team. They finished with 17 players on their injured reserve list, and it's not like their injuries were small either.
The Packers lost a handful of their starting players: defensive linemen Johnny Jolly and Justin Harrell, tackles Mark Tauscher and Marshall Newhouse, middle linebacker Nick Barnett and tight end Jermichael Finely.
The Falcons don't even have that many injuries.
Atlanta can recover from their injuries. They have guys who are injured, but much like the Packers, the Falcons have guys who can step up. So let's see Joplo Bartu and Jonathan Massaquoi step up on defense, and Snelling and Rodgers step up on offense.
There's no need to panic, as injuries are perfectly normal.
Who said you need to be undefeated or even 13-3 to win a Super Bowl?
Seriously? Who has said this?
The last team to have an undefeated regular season got upset in the Super Bowl back in 2007. The last three Super Bowl winners have had records in the regular season of 10-6, 9-7 and 10-6.
So sure, going 13-3 and having a No. 1 or No. 2 seed would be excellent and a great set up for a playoff run.
But quit worrying, because it's not needed to win a title. All that's needed to win a championship is to get to the playoffs and get really hot at the right time. Just like the 2010 Packers, 2011 Giants and 2012 Ravens did.
Because while they weren't the "best team" in the NFL when they won their championships, they did get hot at the right time. They finished the season as a champion. They also didn't panic when they may not have started with the best record in the NFL.
All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus's Premium Stats, ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All contract information is courtesy Spotrac. All recruiting rankings come from 247Sports.com.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.
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