Atlanta Falcons: When Will First Loss Come in 2015?


The Atlanta Falcons are 3-0 and are about to enter a very navigable part of their favorable 2015 NFL schedule. When will Atlanta’s first loss likely come?

Getting through the first three games of the Atlanta Falcons’ 2015 schedule unscathed came as a pleasant surprise to even the most diehard Atlanta Falcons fans. It seemed as improbable as three consecutive fourth quarter comebacks.

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The Falcons did just that to move to 3-0 after beating the three best teams in the NFC East in the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Giants, and the Dallas Cowboys. How long will this winning streak for the Atlanta Falcons continue?

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I’m not kidding about this. The Atlanta Falcons could stand as the last undefeated team in the NFL this season. Just look at their schedule. From the looks of it, I would say that the Dirty Birds are the favorites to win their next six games, without any reasonable doubt: Week 4 vs. Houston, Week 5 vs. Washington, Week 6 @ New Orleans, Week 7 @ Tennessee, Week 8 vs. Tampa Bay, Week 9 @ San Francisco. None of those teams, except for possibly the Tennessee Titans, will sniff at the postseason in 2015.

Then comes the Bye in Week 10. Atlanta could easily be 9-0 entering their bye week, assuming they take care of business in the next six games. Houston is in the midst of a QB controversy between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett. Washington’s starting QB Kirk Cousins throws picks at a record-setting rate. The Saints will likely be without Drew Brees on Thursday Night Football, not to mention TE Jimmy Graham now plays for the Seattle Seahawks.

Marcus Mariota could do some damage, but not if HC Ken Whisenhunt chooses to again pound the rock with a rookie fullback in crunch time. The Titans should stand at 2-1 as an AFC South contender entering Week 4. Will we see Famous Jameis or Interception Winston on November 1st in the Georgia Dome? And then there’s Week 3 interception machine that is QB Colin Kaepernick and the fallen fake empire that is the San Francisco 49ers.

Week 10 brings Andrew Luck and the underwhelming Indianapolis Colts to the Dome. This team should sit at 0-3, as HC Chuck Pagano already believes that he’s gone next season. What happened to Chuck Strong? Will Nick Saban leave the Alabama Crimson Tide for another crack at the NFL? There is a ton of football between now and then, but the Colts aren’t looking like the juggernauts we thought they were entering 2015.

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Should Atlanta entering Week 11’s date in Minneapolis with the Vikings still undefeated, I’m not sure that even an MVP caliber Adrian Peterson could slow down the Atlanta Falcons’ steamroller of crushing momentum in early November.

Then the Atlanta Falcons finish the drill with 4 of its final 5 games in the NFC South, including two with the 2x reigning division champion Carolina Panthers. Division games could go either way, but keep in mind that the 6-10 2014 Atlanta Falcons under then HC Mike Smith went 5-1 in the NFC South.

No one goes undefeated in the NFC South, but Smitty and THAT team almost did. The other team the Atlanta Falcons play during the final five will be versus QB Blake Bortles, HC Gus Bradley and the rest of Shad Khan’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

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  • So are the 2015 Atlanta Falcons the unlikely reincarnation of the 1972 Miami Dolphins? It’s absurd to say this on September 28th, but it’s really not that impossible if you think about it. All I know is this team will be no worse than 3-13, with the slim chance of an undefeated regular season.

    In all honesty, the Atlanta Falcons will lose a couple of games this year. At this point, I believe the first one is coming Week 12 against the Minnesota Vikings. This game is a rare outdoor game in Minneapolis as the new Vikings stadium will be ready next year. I could see Adrian Peterson rushing for 150 yards in two feet of snow in late November against the Falcons, as the Vikings win a close one in the Twin Cities.

    If not then, I don’t think we sweep the Carolina Panthers, losing in Charlotte Week 14. Overall, there is no reason for the 2015 Atlanta Falcons not to win at least 10 games this fall. The schedule is that unbelievably easy as we enter October. I said the team would go either 9-7 or 10-6 and either get the final NFC Wild Card spot, possibly win the NFC South. Entering October, this team should go 12-4, going 4-2 in the NFC South, losing at Minnesota and a dumb head scratcher when we least expect it. Rise Up!

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