2011 Atlanta Falcons: Contenders or Pretenders?

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2011 Atlanta Falcons:  Contenders or Pretenders?
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The 2010 Atlanta Falcons enjoyed a magical regular season that saw the team finish 13-3, winning games in every imaginable way and earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.  Some in the media, including Trent Dilfer and Skip Bayless, implied the Falcons were lucky, and many in the media never considered Atlanta a serious Super Bowl contender in 2010.

The Falcons earned those 13 wins in 2010 because of efficient and opportunistic play, but the opinions dismissing the Falcons as Super Bowl contenders were painfully validated when the Green Bay Packers embarrassed Atlanta in their own building last January.

Following the season, general manager Thomas Dimitroff navigated the draft and free-agency period with purpose and precision, but did he do enough to get the Falcons to the next level?

Here are five questions that will shape the Atlanta Falcons 2011 campaign.

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