Rapid Reaction: Falcons 39, Bengals 32

ATLANTA -- I’m heading down to the locker room for interviews and will be back with much more in a bit. But, first, here’s the Rapid Reaction from Atlanta’s 39-32 win against Cincinnati.

What it means: Had it not been for a nearly disastrous third quarter, we’d be talking again about the Falcons being the best team in the NFC. But they’re at least still in the argument, because they recovered from their colossal collapse. They’re 5-2. That’s good enough for first place in the NFC South, and no team in the NFC has a better record than the Falcons.

What’s next: The Falcons have their bye week and that should give them time to get injured starters Dunta Robinson, Sean Weatherspoon, Ovie Mughelli and Thomas DeCoud healthy. The Falcons don’t play again until Nov. 7, when they host Tampa Bay, and they don’t have to go on the road again until Nov. 21 when they play St. Louis.

Redemption time: Roddy White lost a fumble that Adam Jones returned for a touchdown, giving Cincinnati the lead. But White came back with a touchdown catch and a reception for a two-point conversion. White also topped the 200-yard receiving mark for the second time in his career.

Unsung hero: Atlanta middle linebacker Curtis Lofton said in the preseason that he wanted to make more big plays this year. He’s doing it. His hit forced a fourth-quarter fumble by Cedric Benson.