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Falcons Roddy White tries to defend the team and the NFC South

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Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver Roddy White has hit back at the critics of his team and the NFC South division.

The division has received a lot of criticism due to the fact that the Falcons are currently top despite winning only five games.

As a divisional winner, the Falcons would not only reach the play-offs, but they would host a post-season match on the wildcard weekend.

Many have criticised the fact that they would reach the play-offs whilst a far more impressive team such as the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks or Detroit Lions all run the risk of missing out.

However White has attempted to defend his team and their division and the system that would send them to the post-season.


White's argument however really lacks conviction since his examples are a far cry from where the Falcons currently are.

"Like no one has won a division going 8-8 or 7-9. When the Giants won the Super Bowl [in 2011], they were 9-7 going in" - White on the Falcons' play-off situation

White raises a good point that teams have gotten into the play-offs with losing records or just lesser records and gone on to win it all.

However, White - who was talking ahead of the Falcons match with the Green Bay Packers tonight, appears to have missed one big issue.

Falcons not flying as high

With teams like the Seahawks, Cowboys and Lions looking likely to reach double digit figures in terms of wins this year, the Falcons will remain a long way behind them.

Travelling to Lambeau Field tonight will be a stern test for the Falcons and welcoming the Pittsburgh Steelers next week, they will need to do everything they can if they are to reach the nine win mark.

However since four of the Falcons five wins this year have come against their divisional rivals, they may struggle against high flyers from the NFC and AFC.

Whilst the examples used by White, are still mathematically possible, anyone looking with a sense of realism will realise the the Falcons are more likely to have a losing record this year.

To try and defend the NFC South is a bold move since many football fans everywhere feel they would rather see the four southern teams dropped and all three of the chasing pack included in the post-season.

The struggling division

The NFC South is without doubt the worst division in the NFL this season but after the Carolina Panthers defeated the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, it is also one of the most open.

The Falcons could fall to 5-8 tonight with a loss in Green Bay and tie with the Saints whilst the Panthers would only be half a game behind.

With Atlanta set to play both teams before the end of the season, they will surely require a perfect divisional record in order to ensure their place in the post-season.

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