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Praising the Atlanta Falcons

I’ve heard from a lot of Atlanta fans recently who feel the Falcons aren’t getting the respect they deserve from the national media.

Well, let’s open things up to the international media. Brad Gagnon, who I like to call the best NFL writer in Canada, has the Falcons winning the Super Bowl in his preseason predictions.

He’s got the Falcons going 12-4, winning the NFC South and defeating the Steelers in the Super Bowl. By the way, Gagnon also has the Saints and Buccaneers making the playoffs. Looks like the NFC South has a friend in Canada.

As long as we’re heaping praise on the Falcons, let’s turn to this Insider piece from KC Joyner. He ranks the best cornerback tandems in the NFL. Guess what? He’s got Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes at No. 1, ahead of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie of the Jets.

Joyner’s got all sorts of metrics to support his theory. I’m not a big metrics guy, but I respect them and will take KC’s word for it. By my instincts say he may not be wrong. Grimes and Robinson are an excellent tandem.

I know people like to point to Robinson’s one interception (and big contract) from last season and say he had a bad year. I don’t think that’s the case at all. I think his presence was felt. I think teams threw away from him and toward Grimes. That’s why Grimes had big numbers and made the Pro Bowl. Now that teams know who Grimes is, things might be a little more balanced and Robinson might have better statistics.

Of course, a lot is going to depend on if the Falcons find a solid nickelback.