The attention this NFL season has been on teams that have made unexpected leaps into legitimacy like the Dallas Cowboys. While the Cowboys have been dominant, other teams such as the Atlanta Falcons have continued their success season after season and display an explosive team firing on all cylinders at the right time. These Falcons sit at 9-5 atop the NFC South and will look to play their way deep into the playoffs with a run similar to the 2012 NFC Championship team.
“The Falcons can do things that I think you need to do come playoff football time. Run the heck out of it because you got Coleman and Freeman but they got an offensive line that’s bringing back memories of that line that they had when Michael Turner was there and they had those really good ball clubs,” said Charles Davis of the NFL on Fox on CBS Sports Radio’s DA Show with Damon Amendolara. “You can kind of make the case, I can swap out that line for this line, I can sub out Michael Turner for Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, Matt Ryan is still the quarterback. No on swaps out Tony Gonzalez so let that go but they do have a bunch of tight ends that you have to keep an eye on in Hooper and Toilolo, if he’s healthy. Julio was there but he was younger, now he’s the undisputed number one wide receiver because remember it was Roddy White with him? Now him and all the other guys can be game breakers.”
The Cowboys have had their way with every team not named the Giants this season and Davis believes the Falcons could present plenty of problems if the two were to meet in the playoffs. Given the team’s experience in big games along with their style of play, he believes that the Falcons could create real problems with their all-around attack. The Falcons haven’t been known for having a great defense in the past but suddenly boast an opportunistic squad who has made plays all season long.
“Defensively, they’re not a juggernaut but they’re plus-eight in turnover margin and that’s what you’ve got to be careful of. When teams can take it away and they give it to that offense? That turns into points and that’ll hurt you,” Davis continued. “This offense is leading the league in production. Number one scoring offense, they’ve got it going. Being able to run the football and throw it more than well enough can give the Cowboys fits. I’d like to see that matchup, it’d be a lot of fun for the fans.”