Falcons’ return home spoiled by Browns in 26-24 defeat

 

Despite the loss, the Falcons are miraculously still in first place in the NFC South. (Brynn Anderson)

Despite the loss, the Falcons are miraculously still in first place in the NFC South. (Brynn Anderson)

I took more time than usual to put this recap together because I couldn’t figure out what to say about this Atlanta Falcons team.

And it’s not as if there’s a shortage of things to say. Any unflattering adjective fits the bill.

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Atlanta Falcons vs Cleveland Browns Preview

Desmond Trufant is expected to shadow Josh Gordon. (Mike McCarn)

Desmond Trufant is expected to shadow Cleveland’s Josh Gordon. (Mike McCarn)

The Atlanta Falcons haven’t played a true home game at the Georgia Dome in six weeks.

But on Sunday, they return home to host the 6-4 Cleveland Browns.

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Falcons atop dreadful NFC South with 19-17 win over Panthers

Ra'Shede Hageman blocked Graham Gano's 63-yard field goal attempt to win the game.  (Bob Leverone)

Ra’Shede Hageman blocked Graham Gano’s 63-yard field goal attempt to win the game. (Bob Leverone)

It’s strange to say, but the 4-6 Atlanta Falcons are leading the NFC South.

With a 19-17 win over the Carolina Panthers coupled with a New Orleans Saints 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Falcons are sitting atop the division.

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Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers Preview

Matt Ryan should have a good day against a generous Panthers defense. (Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Matt Ryan should have a good day against a generous Panthers defense. (Phelan M. Ebenhack)

It seems absurd for the 3-6 Atlanta Falcons and 3-6-1 Carolina Panthers to be in the thick of race for the NFC South, but that’s the case as the New Orleans Saints lead the division with a 4-6 record. And if the Saints lose to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, it will be either the Falcons or the Panthers atop the division.

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Falcons snap losing streak, defeat Bucs 27-17

Matt Ryan

The Falcons are still in contention for the NFC South crown. (Brian Blanco)

The Atlanta Falcons hadn’t won a game on the road since defeating the Buffalo Bills back in Week 13 of last season.

They also hadn’t won a game since Week 3 against the same team they defeated on Sunday – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview

The Falcons have a great opportunity to get back on the winning track this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers .(Matt Dunham)

The Falcons have a great opportunity to get back on the winning track this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Matt Dunham)

Even with a 2-6 record, the Atlanta Falcons are just two games behind the division-leading New Orleans Saints in the race for the NFC South crown.

It almost seems impossible that the Falcons mathematically still have a chance to win the NFC South and advance to the playoffs, but that’s an indictment on how poor the division has been this season.

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Falcons blow largest lead in franchise history in 22-21 loss to Lions

Sunday's loss against the Detroit Lions was one of the worst under the current regime. (Mike Smith)

Sunday’s loss against the Detroit Lions was one of the worst under the current regime. (Mike Smith)

Blowing a 21-point lead was the largest in Atlanta Falcons history, setting a new low for the franchise and the current regime.

The Falcons lost their fifth consecutive game after losing 22-21 to the Detroit Lions in London after jumping out to a 21-0 lead in the first half.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions Preview

The Falcons offensive line will likely again struggle to protect Matt Ryan against a fierce Detroit Lions defense. (Seth Ryan)

The Falcons offensive line will likely again struggle to protect Matt Ryan against a fierce Detroit Lions defense. (Seth Ryan)

Not much is going right for the Atlanta Falcons.

At 2-5, they’re on a four-game losing streak. In each consecutive game during that streak, the offense has scored fewer points. All of the Falcons’ five losses have come by double digits.

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Falcons Routed 29-7 by Ravens

Mike Smith's time in Atlanta is coming to an end.  (Gail Burton)

Mike Smith’s tenure as head coach in Atlanta is coming to an end. (Gail Burton)

Matt Bryant’s 57-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter bounced off the crossbar with a doink as if to signify the end of the Atlanta Falcons’ 2014 season.

The Falcons extended their losing streak to four after coming up short 29-7 to the Baltimore Ravens. Atlanta is now 2-5 with an 0-4 record on the road.

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Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens Preview

Atlanta has a tough road matchup in the Baltimore Ravens. (Brynn Anderson)

Atlanta has a tough road matchup in the Baltimore Ravens. (Brynn Anderson)

After losing a key home game to the Chicago Bears last week, the Atlanta Falcons – riding a three-game losing streak – hit the road again to take on the Baltimore Ravens.

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