The Atlanta Falcons have stormed through the regular season with a 12-2 record and can lock up a first-round playoff bye Sunday with a win over the Detroit Lions. That seems like an easy enough task, but the dirty birds do have a significant hurdle.
"It's really not about them. It's about us," Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones told NFL Network reporter Michelle Beisner, who's in Atlanta this week. "It's the little things. We can get bored. We lost against Carolina. We were kinda bored with it -- looking at their record -- I just think we got bored. There are no excuses because they whooped us, but we can't let that happen again.
"We can't get bored. We have to prepare like we're playing the best team in the NFL. We gotta go out there and play Falcon football. We gotta execute, and our guys have to be on the same page and play 100 percent."
I don't think Jones meant to be funny, but there's a lot of humor in that statement. No. 1, he dismissed the Lions so quickly. No. 2, he basically said the Panthers are so bad, they're boring. No. 3, he said the Lions are approaching that previously mentioned boring status.
I guess the Lions aren't exactly striking fear into the hearts of opponents these days.
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