At 7-0, the Atlanta Falcons are the NFL's only unbeaten team. Atlanta is fresh off a 30-17 road win over the Philadelphia Eagles, a game in which the Falcons' defense held Philadelphia to 270 yards and Matt Ryan completed 75 percent of his passes for 262 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. At his Monday press conference, head coach Mike Smith tried to keep the focus on individual games:
"You may not believe this, but you're on a week-to-week cycle in the National Football League. It really doesn't matter what happened the week before. It's all about the next game. That's how you have to approach it. We've been fortunate to have a very successful season and played some efficient football," Smith said.
"Very successful" is an accurate way to describe this Falcons team. Atlanta is scoring 28.7 points per game, which ranks fifth in the NFL. The Falcons' defense ranks seventh in the league, allowing 18.1 points per game. Ryan is sixth among NFL quarterbacks, averaging 288.3 passing yards per game. He has thrown 17 touchdowns to six interceptions.
But even with all the success, Smith knows he can't allow himself or his team to get caught up looking at the bigger picture. If the Falcons want to continue piling up wins, they'll have to keep focusing on the next game on the schedule:
"It's no different whether you're 3-3, 4-3, 6-1, 7-0. Everybody else is going to concern themselves with it. We've got to make sure we're preparing for the next game," Smith said.