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Roddy White thinks Falcons can go 16-0

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver White breaks a tackle from Dallas Cowboys cornerback Claiborne in the first half of their NFL football game in Atlanta Reuters

The Falcons are halfway to perfection — setting aside those three games that come after Week 17, each of which are slightly more important than any of the 16 regular-season games.

Receiver Roddy White thinks the Falcons can follow their 8-0 start with an 8-0 finish.

I’m hoping so,” White tells D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  “I think we have the pedigree to do it. . . .  How we are on offense and defense and how we are as a team.  This locker room is very united right now.  Every week, we expect to win.  There is not a team that I felt like when we went into a ball game this year that we didn’t feel like we were going to win.  I think we can [go undefeated].  We just still have to be consistent, don’t turn over the ball and get turnovers.  That’s been the key to winning games all over the league this year.  If we can continue to do that, we’ll be just fine.”

White’s right; the Falcons can go 16-0.  To get there, however, they’ll have to beat both the Saints and Buccaneers twice each.  While neither is currently above .500 for the season, both are surging, with the Saints winning three of their last four and the Bucs winning a pair of road games.

Besides, the regular season should be the least of the Falcons’ concerns.  They’re 0-3 in the postseason since 2008.  Already, the pressure will be intense when they return to the playoffs.  If they do so with the expectations of turning 16-0 into 19-0, the pressure will be much worse.

The pressure could disappear come Sunday.  With the Falcons heading to the Superdome and the Saints gathering plenty of momentum, 8-0 could be 8-1 soon.  Especially once the Saints players start reading about guys like White talking about the Falcons running the table.

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36 Responses to “Roddy White thinks Falcons can go 16-0”
  1. jrock3x8 says: Nov 8, 2012 9:13 AM

    this from the same team that barely beat the raiders… at home…

    come on man…

  2. electionconfidential says: Nov 8, 2012 9:17 AM

    The Falcons have a pretty light schedule for an NFC team. There are no games against the Packers, Bears or 49ers. The Cowboys game is the toughest they have. I think it was smart to say they can go 16-0 rather than say they can have an undefeated season, because once the playoffs start they’ll have to likely face all those teams in consecutive games (albeit with home field advantage).

    As far as going 16-0 that’s going to be tough too because they have to beat the Giants and beat the Buccaneers twice. They also have to beat the Saints (who are showing improvement) twice.

    Bottom line, 16-0 is a maybe, undefeated season is a non-starter.

  3. det12 says: Nov 8, 2012 9:18 AM

    I’m not hating but im not a believer in the Falcons

  4. huskersrock1 says: Nov 8, 2012 9:18 AM

    If you start talking about it now, it ain’t going to happen.

  5. mavajo says: Nov 8, 2012 9:20 AM

    Per DVOA, the Falcons have the 8th ranked offense, 16th ranked defense and 17th ranked special teams.

    They may have a special record, but this is not a special team.

  6. turtlehut says: Nov 8, 2012 9:21 AM

    Lets hope Mike Smith is willing to take the pressure at the end of the season, unlike pitiful Colt’s coach Jim Caldwell who tanked the games at the end of the season

  7. dzor22 says: Nov 8, 2012 9:21 AM

    Que the Falcon haters! The Saints better have more to their game than what they are ‘reading’. Once they get popped in the mouth…thats out the window. Yes…Atlanta could lose (of course) and winning the playoffs are the big prize; but to win in the playoffs…you have to actually get there. Right NO? We cant deal with the playoffs until January. For now…we are taking care of our business and 31 other teams would love to have our record. GO BIRDS!

  8. kayakattack says: Nov 8, 2012 9:22 AM

    You have now upset the football gods.

  9. electionconfidential says: Nov 8, 2012 9:22 AM

    Correction: I said the Cowboys are the toughest game they have. I meant the toughest game to date.

  10. hpeters77 says: Nov 8, 2012 9:22 AM

    falcons the Saints always had you’ll number and the number im about to say is 1 loss

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 8, 2012 9:23 AM

    Yeah I think they can go 16-0 too.

    En route to 18-1, congrats!

  12. bucsfan5000 says: Nov 8, 2012 9:23 AM

    And they’ll be one and done in the playoffs again.

  13. brutus9448 says: Nov 8, 2012 9:26 AM

    So what? they’ll still lose their first playoff game like the last 3 years.

  14. muskyhunter2542 says: Nov 8, 2012 9:45 AM

    Ask the Vikings, Pats, and The Packers how Records with 0, or 1 loss fair in the playoffs. And the Falcons dont even compair to those 3 teams.

  15. bdbd20 says: Nov 8, 2012 9:55 AM

    Great for them. Enjoy your relevance now. They’ll be a footnote come January.

  16. sprtsfan1 says: Nov 8, 2012 9:58 AM

    Who cares, win in the playoffs.

  17. southcakpanther says: Nov 8, 2012 10:02 AM

    OK, Roddy. This is the same Falcons team that took a last second Hail Mary and a blown coverage to barely beat my struggling Panthers by a FG. Oh, and that was in the Georgia Dome as well. We shall see I suppose, but that kind of talk can backfire real quick.

  18. deathonwings410 says: Nov 8, 2012 10:07 AM

    then Matt Ryan will choke in the playoffs…

  19. dukemarc says: Nov 8, 2012 10:15 AM

    Falcons will lose by 10+ points in yet another one and done playoff appearance. Mike Smith can’t coach against the the other top coaches in the game and Matt Ryan can’t handle the top defenses.

  20. asseenonokra says: Nov 8, 2012 10:17 AM

    Captain Push-off is always great for supplying bulletin board material.

  21. FinFan68 says: Nov 8, 2012 10:18 AM

    The Falcons are a very good team but they are not in the discussion as one of the “greatest of all time” type teams and that is what is necessary to go undefeated. They will need a ton of luck to run the table. I’m not saying they can’t do it; just that I don’t think they are as strong as they seem. I think they lose in the Superdome even with a horrible Saints defense (as long as Saints offense is healthy)

  22. mrlaloosh says: Nov 8, 2012 10:23 AM

    The FalQueens will not only not go undefeated, they will also lose their 1st playoff game, after their bye, at home. AGAIN!
    Loser team, loser fans, loser city, loser state.

  23. jmyjmy70 says: Nov 8, 2012 10:29 AM

    no way do they beat the Bucs twice, not going to happen…

  24. Canned Heat says: Nov 8, 2012 10:32 AM

    Matty Ice…..melts every January.

  25. chattanola says: Nov 8, 2012 10:32 AM

    During the preseason, I saw a sideline interview with Matt Ryan and I saw a confidence in his face that I hadn’t seen before (Saints fan here) and the Falcons’ play has been outstanding this year.

    I don’t believe they’ll make a 16-0 season but, I do believe they’ll go deep into the playoffs.

    I also don’t understand why they haven’t gotten the accolades afforded to other, less-winning teams this season.

    They’re having a great year so good luck Falcons.

  26. 85bear says: Nov 8, 2012 10:34 AM

    Falcons are good but they’ve only beaten one team that’s over 500 (Broncos) and that was the second game for Manning). Jury still out. Giants will be a huge test if they’re still undefeated. White should have kept his mouth shut. Don’t these guys ever learn? How stupid can you be?

  27. bmorefalcon says: Nov 8, 2012 10:36 AM

    Wow, there is a lot of creativity on these comments.
    -No playoff wins
    -Going to lose in the playoffs
    -Choke in January

    Is there anything else that you would like to say?

    Oh, wait…you can’t say anything else because the Falcons are undefeated. I suppose that you will just have to keep being mad until the New Year then.

    Thanks for the motivation and I am sure that the Saints, Bucs, and Panthers will get over .500 real soon.

    Regards

  28. originalsteelcurtain says: Nov 8, 2012 10:39 AM

    Wannabe 16-0?

    Classic case of premature matriculation!

  29. mazblast says: Nov 8, 2012 10:40 AM

    There’s a lot of jealousy in this thread, a lot of people irritated because a team is undefeated and it’s not the one for which they root.

    Personally, while I’m not a Falcons fan, I wish them well. If they run the table, fine, even if they beat my team in the Super Bowl. My team has won it all before, and has lost the SB before; being there in any given year is something 30 other teams are envious about. I’d like to see someone go undefeated, just so we don’t have to hear any more garbage from/about the ’72 Dolphins again.

  30. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 8, 2012 10:46 AM

    They have to first survive two encounters with the Saints, the first of which comes this Sunday in the Superdome.

  31. salmen76 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:46 AM

    Roddy has never ever ever ever ever won anything. Neither has the Falcons. They get this great 8 and 0 start and even i thought, wow, maybe the Falcons are a different team. A better team. Then it happens. Gonzalez starts running his big mouth about how the Falcons don’t get no attention from the media. Waa Waa Waa. Now Roddy is running is big mouth that the Falcons are going to run the table. Ha ha. So now i say, this isn’t a better Falcons team. Its the same old one from before. The ones that run their mouths about how great they are when they still have NOT ever won anything. I believe the Saints will shut yall up real quick Sunday when they hand yall a 38 to 3 but whoopin! Geaux Saints!

  32. starderup says: Nov 8, 2012 11:59 AM

    We have a great team with at least 3 guys that you cannot leave in man-to-man coverage (White, Jones, Gonzales) and in addition you have Harry Douglas and Jacquizz Rodgers. The Defense has stepped up with Grimes out, mainly Moore and DeCoud.
    Still, it is bad mojo to talk like that.
    Now Roddy has to make it happen, and we’re holding him to it.
    Next up is the bagheads. Go into their house and shat up the Stains.

  33. atwatercrushesokoye says: Nov 8, 2012 12:05 PM

    I’m not sure why Roddy White, or any nfl player for that matter, cares about 16-0? Would it be nice? Probably, but I’d rather be on a team that goes 9-7 and 4-0 in the playoffs then any 16-0 team that doesn’t get it done. Just go back to 2007, do you think any player would have rather been on the 16-0 Patriots than the 10-6 Giants? You’re measured by championships not regular seasons!

  34. tdrundmc says: Nov 8, 2012 2:48 PM

    This guy gets dumber every time he opens his mouth.

  35. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 8, 2012 4:19 PM

    24-2. Same team. Cannot WAIT until Week 15.

  36. dutzer36 says: Nov 8, 2012 7:34 PM

    You know what’s funny it’s that everyone is saying just wait till they play the saints then well are who’s undefeated….. And if they beat the saints then everyone will just say oo yea they look at the record of the saints and all there other opponents thats a combined … Losing record meanwhile everyone has been saying that content for the past 3 weeks since they played the eagles… Basically it’s a lose lose situation

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