What it means: The Falcons are 8-2 and no team in the league has more wins. The meeting with St. Louis had the markings of a “trap’’ game, but the Falcons didn’t fall for it. With Tampa Bay and New Orleans both winning to get to 7-3, the Falcons still have sole possession of first place in the NFC South.
What I liked: Atlanta’s offense has hit a point where it’s really clicking. There’s a solid balance between the running game and passing game. Michael Turner rushed for 131 yards, including a late 39-yard touchdown and Matt Ryan threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns. The Falcons dominated time of possession and that’s almost always a good thing.
What I didn’t like: The run defense did a nice job, but the pass defense gave up two touchdown passes to rookie Sam Bradford. With Aaron Rodgers coming to town with the Packers, the pass defense has to be better. It would be a big help if the Falcons get defensive end John Abraham, who sat out with a groin injury against St. Louis, back on the field.
History lesson: Atlanta’s Roddy White went over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the fourth straight season. He set the team record last year. He also set a team record by reaching 1,000 receiving yards in 10 games.
What’s next: There might be a chance to definitively claim the title as the NFC’s best team next Sunday when the Falcons host the Green Bay Packers (7-3) at the Georgia Dome.