Telling stat shows just how much better Falcons record could be


The Atlanta Falcons seem to finally be putting everything together after starting the season 0-5 and firing head coach Dan Quinn.

Under interim head coach Raheem Morris, the Falcons have won three of their last four games and arguably could have been 4-0 had it not been for Todd Gurley accidentally scoring a touchdown too soon and allowing Detroit to come back and win the game three weeks ago.

However, it's hard for Atlanta fans not to wonder if the team could have been even better had it not been for the late-game collapses against the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears earlier this season.

After nine weeks, the Falcons have the second-most offensive snaps in the league while holding a lead with 321. They trail only the 8-1 Kansas City Chiefs who have 327.

The Baltimore Ravens (299), Buffalo Bills (295) and Seattle Seahawks (275) round out the top five.

The one difference? Every one of those teams has a winning record except for Atlanta.

The stat puts just how frustrating the Falcons season has been into perspective.

In Atlanta's six losses, three of them have been by a combined six points after blowing a lead in each of those games.

So while the Falcons have been winning more games under Morris, things should have been better.

The bright sides is that the offense still remains one of the league's best and the defense is finally improving, so with seven games remaining, the 'Dirty Birds' might still have a chance to make a second-half run.

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