Wide receiver Roddy White has his own theory. It's an entertaining one, too.
"'Cause we're the Falcons," a laughing White told NFL.com and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport this week. "I mean ...that's kinda bad to say, but you're the Falcons. We haven't won a Super Bowl, we don't have this history of having ridiculous, great quarterbacks leading the franchise to Super Bowls and things like that. And everybody kinda has that mix going on -- the Packers, the Bears, the Jets, the Giants. They all have had Super Bowl wins and things like that. So, they have history.
"We have ... three years ago, we had our first back-to-back winning season. So, that's amazing. We've been playing football for 40-something years. It's a true statement. It's kinda hard to just throw a team out there and be the darling of the NFL just because they're 7-0 when they really haven't done anything yet."
"I don't know how you call 7-0 boring," he replied. "But I mean, it's not really something we focus on. We live by the model, 'We all we got.' This is it, this is our family. As long as we got a confident group of guys walking around this locker room, as long as we got a bunch of coaches that believe in us, we're fine with that. We really don't worry about what's being said on the outside."
The Falcons really are in a tough spot. Barring a 16-0 run, they won't sniff respect until they step up in January. They might as well keep winning until the schedule gets there.
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