David Lehr | January 7th, 2019
The Atlanta Falcons 2018 season was somewhat of a roller-coaster, with many highs, and even more lows. The beginning of their season would end up providing a glimpse at how the entire year would play out, as they lost heartbreakers to the Eagles, Saints, and Bengals in the first 4 weeks, squeaking by the Panthers to start the campaign 1-3. Only 14% of teams that end the first quarter of the season 1-3 have made the playoffs since 1990, so Atlanta knew the odds were against them and they would have to turn things around. After getting blown out by the Steelers, Matt Ryan and the Falcons seemed to turn things around, winning their next 3 games in a row to get back to 4-4. That 3-game winning streak would be a sign of things to come, as the Falcons were immediately mired in another streak, only this time it was a crushing 5-game losing streak that knocked them out of playoff contention. How could a team with as much talent as Atlanta struggle so mightily?