Bradley Pinion Optimistic About Falcons' Chances in NFC South: 'Time to Strike'

Atlanta Falcons poised for pivotal season turnaround.

by Nouman Rasool
Bradley Pinion Optimistic About Falcons' Chances in NFC South: 'Time to Strike'
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In a pivotal season for the Atlanta Falcons, who are eyeing their first playoff berth in six years and their first division title since 2016, the sense of anticipation is palpable within the team. With the NFC South division tightly contested and the Falcons holding a 6-6 record, veteran punter Bradley Pinion, a Super Bowl champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020, sees a golden opportunity for his team.

Pinion, who joined the Falcons this year, shared his insights with Fox News Digital, reflecting on his experience in Tampa Bay, where the Buccaneers frequently battled with the New Orleans Saints for division supremacy. “It’s there for the taking right now,” he asserted, emphasizing the open nature of the NFC South and the readiness of the Falcons to capitalize on this moment.

The Falcons currently lead the NFC South and are gearing up for a crucial divisional showdown against the Buccaneers on Sunday. They are also on the cusp of achieving their first three-game winning streak since 2019, following victories over the New Orleans Saints and the New York Jets in recent weeks.

Falcons: Ready to Strike

Pinion believes that every team in the NFL has potential, but acknowledges that divisions often fluctuate in strength. “We're ready to strike while the iron is hot,” he remarked, underlining the Falcons' readiness to seize the moment.

The Falcons' path to the playoffs is laden with critical matchups, including three divisional games in their final five fixtures. This Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, who are themselves striving to clinch the NFC South for the third consecutive year, is particularly significant.

Despite Tampa Bay's recent struggles, Pinion anticipates a challenging contest. Pinion expressed confidence in the Falcons' roster, praising the leadership and coaching staff. “We have a great team,” he said, highlighting the blend of experienced leaders and talented young players.

He expressed excitement about the team's direction and potential, indicating that things are starting to click for the Falcons. Off the field, Pinion’s impact has been equally noteworthy. He was recently named the Falcons' 2023 Walter Payton Man of the Year for his initiative "Punts for Purpose," which supports child survival centers in developing countries.

Pinion described the recognition as a huge honor and a testament to his efforts to use his platform for positive change. “It’s one of those things that you just – I've said it a few times already, but you don't set out to win.

You just kind of set out to use the platform that God's given you to the best way possible and this is a byproduct of it,” Pinion stated. As the Falcons continue their quest for a playoff spot, the convergence of on-field success and off-field leadership from players like Pinion is creating a buzz around the team, making it an exciting time for Falcons fans and the NFL community alike.

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