What? That was an incoherent mess. That's what happens when you try and deconstruct everything. Pretty soon you're arguing over nothing and shouting in bullet points.
Let's focus this up a bit.
-What was the argument from the beginning? The Falcons have beaten no one. Their SOS is 24th in the league. They have two signature wins. One is over the Giants, who obviously have the talent and when they have will, can be dominant. Anyone who can beat the dog crap out of the Niners in SF and throttle the Packers by 4 touchdowns has that ability. But clearly at this point they're imploding and, despite a couple of games where they snapped out of it to beat the aforementioned Packers and Saints, have been imploding for a couple of months now. There isn't a rational person who's watched this team over past few weeks that would say otherwise. If you're going to argue THAT then stop reading, please. You're hopeless.
The other win is over the Broncos. What has been my argument from the beginning about them? They aren't the same team now both offensively and defensively as they were in week 2. That's pretty irrefutable. You've been given evidence and you've been given counter evidence to your retort of "Well it couldn't have anything to do with the other teams, could it?" even though I agreed that played a role before you even said it. Once again, IT'S NOT POSSIBLE that a quarterback in Peyton Manning's situation could be as good in week 2 as he is in week 16. You know this. Stop arguing this. Like you said earlier, admit you said something stupid and let's move on.
And while we're on the Broncos...Ok so if your point is the Broncos are really good, they just lost to good teams, then why should I take them seriously in the first place? Aren't they just the AFC version of the Falcons? Who have they beaten? What have they proven beyond beating weak competition and losing to the only good teams they've played? If they are the same pretty good team they've always been, why should the Texans and the Pats worry about them? It's pretty clear the Broncos can't stop either team. It's not like they've improved since their last meetings, right?
You are wondering why the Falcons aren't getting respect. They haven't earned it. All their 13-2 record tells me is that they can beat a bunch of mostly shitty teams. Great. What the fuck does that tell us? How am I supposed to take this and their disasterous recent playoff history and declare they're awesome? "Things are different now...they're playing with focus and determination...and...and they're so much better at defense...and...and...Matt Ryan is so poised now.” Well they may be all these things but the last time I saw them play a game that truly mattered they were tubs of goo in the opening round of last year’s playoffs. Say what you will about the 49ers or Seahawks. I agree that people get too wrapped up in the flavor of the week. But at least these teams have done something. What on the Falcons 2012 resume comes close the 49ers road wins at Green Bay and New England? What comes close to what the Seahawks did on Sunday? Name a road win as good as the Seahawks victory in Chicago. Hell, if the Giants somehow made it to the playoffs I would bet on them before the Falcons. As psychotic as they are, I know they can beat anyone if they’re focused. I can’t say that about the Falcons. Nobody can…not yet.
I swear, you guys....and all your ridiculous Ayn Rand football philosophies. "THEY'RE SO DIFFERENT, LEROY!!!" "How so? They've been beating shit teams since week one, and they lost to every good team they faced. How can we tell?" "WELL, FUCK, LEROY!!! YOU CAN JUST TELL, PEYTONDAMMIT!!! WEEK 1 ISN'T WEEK 17!" "Ok, how can you tell?" "DUUUHHH, PEYTON DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO INTIMATELY KNOW HIS PERSONNEL IN EACH AND EVERY WAY IMAGINABLE! THAT'S WHY ATLANTA BEAT THEM! HE DIDN'T COMPLETE THE TEAM WIDE ANAL INSPECTIONS YET!!" "Ok, so why did he look dominant against the Steelers and the Raiders?" "DAMMIT, LEROY! THEY WERE THE STEELERS AND THE RAIDERS! DON'T YOU JUST GET IT?!?!? WEEK 17 IS DIFFERENT FROM WEEK 1!!!" "Well, wouldn't that apply for every team?" "STOP PLAYING DUMB LEROY! YOU KNOW THE BRONCOS ARE DIFFERENT!" "No we don't, they didn't play anyone during this winning streak. They did the same thing they did all year since week 1...beat the teams they were supposed to beat." "OH GOD, LEROY, NOW YOU'RE JUST BEING AN DUMBASS FOR THE SAKE OF IT. WEEK 17 SOMEHOW INHERENTLY CHANGES THE CHEMICAL PROPERTIES THAT COMPOSES THE MAKEUP OF A FOOTBALL TEAM! EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT!"
I swear...you guys. Hilarious at times.