Falcons-Jets more than a game; a turning point

When the Atlanta Falcons started the season most experts and pundits predicted them to be one of the last teams standing and have a chance to play for the Lombardi trophy. As a huge Falcons fan I was devastated at how last year ended, ten yards shy of a Super Bowl and a trip to New Orleans. With the signings of Steven Jackson and Osi Umenyiora the offseason looked bright and with draft picks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford it seemed our secondary woes would be fixed. In a nutshell the offseason overall was a good one and with our returning starters the season was primed for one where the Falcons could be back in the NFC Championship game and hopefully the Super Bowl.
This year the Falcons are off to a 1-3 start with losses to in division rival New Orleans, Miami, and New England. In all three of these games the Falcons have been one or two plays shy of winning the ball game. In the Saints game if Steven Jackson catches a pass on the goal line, the Falcons win and this could be a whole different season. In this article it highlights the key plays of the game and gives insight into what really happens, http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/gameflash/2013/09/08/5411/index.html. In the loss to Miami had it not been for a missed field goal and a defensive lapse or two the Falcons could be looking at a 3-1 record. With all of that said the Falcons could possibly even be 4-0 had Matt Ryan made one or two more plays against New England last week as the country was watching on Sunday Night Football.
Tonight the Falcons look to rebound against the 2-2 Jets who are also struggling but have were predicted to struggle from the start of the season. With the Jets starting a rookie at quarterback in Geno Smith, the Falcons young and depleted defense should have some opportunities at making some plays against the young quarterback. Aside from the fact that this is a Monday Night game the Falcons need this win to start turning things around. Fortunately, history is on our side as the last time these two teams played the Falcons won and ultimately lead them on a winning streak that would end in a winning season and the first back to back winning season in franchise history. Could tonight be another turning point for the franchise? I think so, with the Falcons playing at home Matt Ryan and Mike Smith are almost unstoppable and it seems as if Roddy White might have found his step and his injury is healed. The defense is still a little shaky, but as young guys such as Trufant, Alford, and young linebacker Bartu get more experience this could be a unit to watch for in years to come and hopefully by weeks 13, 14, and 15. By no means am I saying that if the Falcons win tonight everything will be ok, but a win tonight could give the Falcons momentum and send them in the right direction just like it did in 2009, the last time these two teams met, http://www.ganggreennation.com/2013/10/3/4774966/in-progress-a-history-jets-vs-falcons.

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