There are a few keys to success in the NFL, and if your team does not have them, the chance of winning the Super Bowls land somewhere between slim and none.
You have to have a good running game, to control the clock at the end of games. Check again. Michael Turner is becoming one of the best in the game. And he is even getting better.
And you have to have a defense that can keep the other team off the scoreboard.
That is where the Falcons have the problem.
The Falcons finished last season ranked 21st in total defense, 28th against the pass, and 10th against the run.
If you can not stop the other team from passing, then you are not going to be able to win in the playoffs.
And what have the Falcons done this off season to improve their defense?
They signed Daunta Robinson. Great move, at least in my opinion. If you ask a lot of Texans fans, they say that he never returned to form after his ACL/hamstring injury of 2007.
Even if Robinson can return to full form, and be the Pro Bowl-caliber player the Falcons need him to be, there are still too many questions regarding the rest of the Falcons defense.
The Falcons are going to have to beef up their defense, and until they do, the Super Bowl is not going to be in their grasp.
My prediction: The Falcons are still going to have a good team, and will possibly make the playoffs.
They will finish with a 10-6 record, and second in the NFC South.