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Falcons on hot streak despite recent ugly wins

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ATLANTA (AP) - The Falcons may be looking more like a playoff team in the standings than on the field.

Atlanta (7-4) has won five of six. There have been some struggles, including Sunday's 24-14 win over Minnesota. The Falcons led the Vikings 17-0 and needed a goal-line stand to stop the Vikings' comeback.

One week earlier, the Falcons led Tennessee by 20 points before winning 23-17.

A favorable schedule could help the Falcons, who were No. 6 in the NFC playoff standings before Monday night's Saints-Giants game.

The Falcons still play three teams - Carolina, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay - who are a combined 13 games under .500. This week they will face the Houston Texans, who are missing their top two quarterbacks.

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