The first faction pointed to last week's victory as sign that this depleted Falcons team was still capable of turning its season around by putting together a three-game win streak and getting to .500 by the time it returned to the Georgia Dome to face the Seahawks two weeks from today.
Alternatively, the second faction took the win for what it was. The Falcons beat a winless team with an embattled head coach and a rookie quarterback who was making his first start on the road. That kind of win said more about the state of the Bucs than it said about the Falcons' prospects.
In the aftermath of Atlanta's 27-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, it appears as though the fans who count themselves among the second faction were correct.
The Falcons fell to 2-5 after being done in by a stingy Cardinals defense that overwhelmed Atlanta's offensive line and an Arizona offense that took advantage of costly breakdowns by Atlanta's defense.
Let's review the Falcons' performance by dishing out our full roster report card for Atlanta.