Rhetoric ceased to be enough at least a year ago. The Falcons were 1-4 coming into the Buccaneers game, fans were in a full-fledged mutiny and a win was sorely needed. They got one, at last, by a score of 31-23.
Bottom line: A win matters. A win is a great thing. A win here keeps the season alive and shows that the Falcons can win football teams against competent defenses in the NFL, particularly noteworthy given the abundance of quality defenses left on the schedule and the tiny number of weapons left for Matt Ryan to work with. It keeps hope alive, and hope is all you have when your favorite