"It's not as if we haven't learned things too."
We won the most games because everyone was able to beat us with the bunker...
In the regular season where a single loss or a tie won't sink your season, that might be a viable strategy, but if your conservatism leads to you falling behind us by an early goal you put yourself at real risk. Then Atlanta would be forced to open it up and that is when they would be most vulnerable to us going Postal on them.
I am not saying the bunker isn't a viable strategy, but in our last 22 games since our US Open loss to Philly we have recorded 12 shutouts. We aren't exactly a sieve.
I never said we couldn't or shouldn't beat the bunker. I was only arguing the bunker is a good strategy against us. Yes, we had the best regular season in MLS history, partly because we've been able to beat the bunker... sometimes. We did have losses this season and those losses typically came against teams that bunkered.
You know who didn't bunker against us? ATLANTA! How did they do in their two matches against us this year? Not so good. They tied for the second best season in MLS history and we destroyed them twice. They know they can't go toe-to-toe with us playing their game. So maybe they they take a page out of Chicago's book (who did beat us at home, albeit early in the season, by bunkering) and bunker. Will they? I don't know. I would not have expected them to, except we saw it from them this weekend.
And, your logic about home in the playoffs versus the regular season is backward. In the regular season you can win a game 3-2 at home and you get the same three points and the same goal differential as if you won 1-0. In the playoffs, a 3-2 home win is significantly worse than a 1-0 home win because of Away Goals. Clean sheets at home aren't as important as wins, but they are pretty important.
We should beat ATL no matter their strategy. But, I'm more concerned if they bunker and counter because I'm guessing Almiron and Martinez will be better at countering than the teams that have beat us this year.