Are the Atlanta Falcons the new kings of the NFC South? It certainly looks that way to me at the moment. Not only is Atlanta 3-0 but they’ve managed to get there in a pretty convincing fashion. The Falcons are playing well on both sides of the ball as Matt Ryan appears to have to weapons he needs at his disposal and the Atlanta defense is generating turnovers to keep their offense on the field.
It was pretty evident this week as the Falcons flew West and took on the San Diego Chargers in a game that turned out to be pretty much no game at all. Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes and the Falcons defense generated a pair of turnovers that managed to not only put them ahead in the game but demoralize the Chargers to the point of desperation. In fact, it may be Atlanta’s defense that has the upper hand in this revival. We won’t go into long diatribes about turnover ratios but just spit out the fact that Atlanta has taken the ball away 10 times more than they’ve given it up, and that’s in just three games. It’s that kind of ballhawking defense that makes Super Bowl contenders in the NFL.
Throw in the fact that Atlanta won this game on a short week and with distractions at home and I’m impressed. Te Falcons show every sign of being capable of dominating the NFC South, especially in light of the fact that the 0-3 New Orleans Saints have eliminated themselves by not fielding a defense in 2012. Seriously, can you see the Saints defense, which has given up almost 1,500 yards in three games, and yielded over 200 yards rushing against Kansas City, handling Michael Turner, Julio Jones, and Tony Gonzales? Not gonna happen.