Falcons finding positives in slow start to season

The Falcons are trying to find some positives about their 2-3 start as they prepare to face the Bears on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

Coach Mike Smith usually says he doesn’t pay much attention to the standings. But after the Falcons (2-3) lost at the Giants Smith put a “positive spin” on the season by nothing that his team hasn’t played consistently well but still is just one game behind Carolina in the NFC South.

“There’s still a lot of football to be played,” Smith said.

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has placed more of the blame for the team’s up-and-down play on the offense. The Falcons had long stretches of ineffective offensive play in losses at the Bengals and Giants, lapses that take some luster off leading the league in yards per play and ranking third in yards per game.

But White also is taking a glass-half-full view of the team’s halting offense.

“That’s the good thing our coaches keep telling us: we are scoring a lot of points, top five offense, all these great stats and (yet) we are not playing well,” White said. “We’ve got to find ways to be more consistent, go out there and execute how we do it at practice, and we will be fine.”

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