The Atlanta Falcons absolutely have to win against AFC foes
The Atlanta Falcons have had little luck winning against AFC opponents over the last two seasons, tallying a record of 1-7. If the team wants to be a contender this season, they have to start winning out of conference games.
In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons faced all four teams from the AFC East. They were only able to defeat one of the four teams, the New York Jets, 25-20. They lost to the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and New England Patriots.
In 2018, in four games against the AFC North, the Atlanta Falcons were outscored 132-85, finishing with an 0-4 record.
To say that the Atlanta Falcons recent history against AFC foes has been ugly would be an understatement. With so many ugly losses over the last two seasons, it’s not hard to see why the team has failed to get back to the Super Bowl.
In order for the Atlanta Falcons to get back to the big game, they have to play well against the AFC. It is imperative that they don’t lose all four games against the AFC East. If they finish the season with at least a record of 2-2, I think that this team could really be something special.
The special season could start this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. The Atlanta Falcons have an all-time record of 2-14 against the Colts, with their only win in Indianapolis coming in 2011. Many thought with the retirement of Andrew Luck, the Colts would be finished. However, Jacoby Brissett has done his part in keeping the team in the hunt for the AFC South early in the season. It is important that the Atlanta Falcons win this game.
For the rest of the AFC South, the Falcons have a record of 2-2 against the Houston Texans, 3-3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and 7-7 against the Tennessee Titans. Any of these games could be a toss-up as to who could win given the history of all three matchups.
Given the team history versus the AFC South, opposed to the other three AFC divisions, the Atlanta Falcons can find more success this season against the AFC, which in turn could lead to a successful season.