Falcons could be this year’s version of the Bengals

The Atlanta Falcons have a 2-2 record after four weeks, and they could easily be 4-0 if a few things had gone their way. Regardless of how you look at it, few in the media expected this team to be fighting for first place in the NFC South a quarter of the way through the season.

People around the league are noticing, and during a segment on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football program, Peter Schrager took some time to credit the Falcons’ recent success. He even went on to suggest Atlanta could be this year’s version of the Cincinnati Bengals.

“I think everyone penciled in this Falcons year as a Rebuilding year, they’ll draft a quarterback, go from there,” said Schrager. “The Falcons are 2-2, they’re atop the NFC South right now, right there with the Buccaneers. I kinda like the vibe and Arthur Smith is a little salty. The Falcons might be the team nobody talked about — the Bengals last year — who do a little thing in a wide open NFC.”

While the Falcons haven’t had the cap space to sign any high-profile free agents in recent years, they have drafted well in some areas and have found a few free-agent gems in Cordarrelle Patterson and Dee Alford over the last two offseasons.

The future looks bright at the moment, but it would look a whole lot brighter if Atlanta could defeat Tampa Bay in Week 5 to move into first place in the NFC South.

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