Mark Bradley

Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Falcons have really good players. So why are they 3-3?

The Atlanta Falcons have: the NFL's reigning MVP, its best receiver, its highest-paid running back, its best center, its leading sack man of 2016 and one of its five best cornerbacks. Pro Football Focus has rated this roster the NFL's best .

The Atlanta Falcons are 3-3, having lost three in a row against AFC East opposition. They've scored 41 points over those three games. Last season they averaged 33.8 per game. They just went 91 minutes and 28 seconds -- the equivalent of six quarters -- between points. Over those 91-1/2 minutes, they were outscored 43-0.

They're third in the NFC South, a division they won last season by two games. They were beaten Sunday night in Foxborough, Mass. with barely a whimper. They keep saying they should be better than this, and they're right. They should.

Personnel-wise, they cannot cry hunger. (See first paragraph.) But if they have the players and they aren't winning, what's left to blame but the coaching?

More soon.

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Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been with the AJC since 1984.