FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - Atlanta coach Mike Smith painstakingly went over every possession the Falcons had in their latest loss, pointing out every little mistake, every little miscue.
They sure added up quickly.
If things don't turn around soon, the Falcons might just dig a hole they can't escape.
Atlanta (2-3) is already being lumped with Philadelphia and the New York Jets, two other teams that came into the season with soaring expectations but have been major disappointments.
The latest loss was a 25-14 setback to Super Bowl champion Green Bay, which exposed just how large the gap is between a legitimate title contender and a Falcons team that has taken a step backward since last season.
Already, they have lost as many regular-season games as all of 2010. The Falcons host Carolina Sunday.