When the season’s two months old before you lose for the first time, it’s tempting to look for silver linings.
But the suggestion that the pressure of talking about being undefeated is off the Falcons now is no solace after Sunday’s loss to the Saints.
“No,” cornerback Dunta Robinson told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I’d rather much be answering those questions and be 9-0 than answer these questions and be 8-1.”
While the simple mathematics of the thing made a loss almost inevitable, the Falcons didn’t see it that way.
“We want to be perfect” safety William Moore said “This loss right here is going to build the character of our team even more.
“We’ve got some great guys in here. If you look at it this morning, everybody is ready to get back on it.”
Hitting reset and not letting that first loss snowball will be paramount, but the Falcons also know that nothing they do in the regular season will matter, until they win a playoff game, and put all those old criticisms to rest.