In 2005, the Falcons started the season strong, acheiving a 6-2 record by midseason. However, injuries in the defensive line and problems in the locker room caused the team to end the second half of the season 2-6. The Atlanta Falcons finished the 2005 season with a total record of 8-8, getting eliminated from playoff contention in the last game of the regular season.
Going into the 2006 season, the Atlanta Falcons have a reinvigorated starting lineup including first round draft pick Jimmy Williams. The team is prepared to turn around, and is well on track to a winning season, and securing their place in the 2006 playoffs.