Nov 10, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) scores a touchdown past Atlanta Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud (28) during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Seahawks defeated the Falcons 33-10. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

USA Today predicts 10-6 Falcons season, but no playoffs

How would you feel with a 10-6 season, but missing the playoffs?

If USA Today prognosticator Nate Davis is right, that’s what we’ll be looking at this year.

Davis forecast all regular season and playoff games in 2013, and picked the Seahawks to beat the Broncos in the Super Bowl XLVII — eight months before the big game kickoff.

This year, he has done the exercise again. You can see his breakdown here:

Davis has the Saints winning the NFC South, and the Seahawks ultimately repeating, with a win over the Colts.

While a 10-6 season would be a welcome turnaround, Atlanta is no longer in perennial loser mode. Playoffs or nothing. Super Bowl or bust. Team Blank knows that the attitude is win and win now. Last year, they hope, will prove to be an injury-inspired aberration.

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  • Philip Sutter

    What about one losing season in the last six years equals perennial loser mode?

    • Mike Gibbons

      Nothing, hence the comment that they are no longer in said mode.

      • Philip Sutter

        The implication is that they were in perennial loser mode, which implies multiple losing seasons. The definition is “lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring.”

        • Mike Gibbons

          Not at all. It says, they are “NO LONGER in perennial loser mode.” They left that mode six years ago. From 1966 until then, however, losing seasons were tolerated and unfortunately often expected.

          • Philip Sutter

            Alright fair enough. Sorry if I misinterpreted what you were trying to say. Way too many people are trashing the Falcons for their one losing season and ignoring the half decade before that, and it annoys me to no end.

          • Mike Gibbons

            No worries, fellow Falcons fan. We’ve gotta stick to together to defend our Dirty Birds! Rise Up!