We didn’t expect the Atlanta Falcons to go undefeated this year. But we certainly didn’t expect them to lose back-to-back home games to the Bills and Dolphins, either. Now that a home-heavy portion of their schedule is over, the Falcons hit the road for the first of three straight away games with a Week 7 Super Bowl rematch against the New England Patriots on Sunday night.
Maybe the Falcons were getting primed for their meeting with the Pats. They blew a 17-point halftime lead, failed to score in the second half and lost to the Dolphins 20-17. The second half meltdown wasn’t as bad as the one the Birds suffered through last February, but against a lesser team and at home, the Falcons just can’t let that one get away. Now the road becomes that much more difficult.
The Falcons just haven’t been as explosive offensively as they were last season and that was noticeable over the last two games when they scored just 17 points each time. Matt Ryan has struggled and looks nothing like the MVP from last season. He’s thrown all six of his interceptions this year in the last three games after tossing seven all of last season. It’s hard to knock a team that ranks fifth in total yards and scores an average of over 24 points per game. But this is the Falcons and they set the bar incredibly high last season.
2017 Record: 3-2
2017 ATS Record: 2-3
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 2-3
Current Super Bowl Odds: +1400
Current Odds to Win NFC: +750
Current Odds to Win NFC South: +160
Current NFL Odds: Falcons +3
Over/Under Total: 55
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Week 6: Dolphins 20, Falcons 17
ATS Result: Dolphins +14
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46
The Falcons let a 17-0 halftime advantage slip away and lost their second straight as a big favorite. They managed just 100 yards of offense and executed just 23 plays in the second half, the last resulting in a Ryan pick when the Falcons were in field goal range to potentially tie the game. Mistakes proved costly with the Dolphins scoring after a roughing penalty negated an interception and a long snap on a punt hit the up-back.
Week 5: BYE
Week 4: Bills 23, Falcons 17
ATS Result: Bills +8
Over/Under Total Result: Under 48
We didn’t expect the Falcons to go undefeated. We certainly didn’t expect them to lose to the Bills. Ryan tossed two interceptions and his fumble was returned for a touchdown which allowed the Bills to pull off the upset. The offense looked out of sync with receivers Jones and Sanu both exiting with injuries and it produced the lowest point total of the season, allowing the under to cash.
Week 3: Falcons 30, Lions 26
ATS Result: Falcons -3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 51
The only Week 3 matchup between unbeaten teams was a doozy. The Falcons didn’t succumb to Detroit’s late-game heroics and escaped with the victory while covering the spread for a second consecutive week. Atlanta overcame Ryan’s three picks and stopped Golden Tate short of the endzone on the game’s final play to secure the outcome.
Week 2: Falcons 34, Packers 23
ATS Result: Falcons -3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 55
Atlanta used a 24-0 scoring run over the second quarter and into the third to turn a tie game into a rout, easily covering the 3-point spread. The Falcons caught a break against a short-handed Packers team, but that didn’t stop them from pouring it on. They did allow two fourth quarter touchdowns to make the score closer and cash the over.
Week 1: Falcons 23, Bears 17
ATS Result: Bears +6.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 48
The Falcons never trailed in the game, but it was much closer than most expected. The Bears twice tied the contest, but each time the Falcons responded. They took a 20-10 lead early in the fourth quarter on an 88-yard pass play to Austin Hooper and you thought the Bears would lie down after that. They didn’t and climbed right back into the contest with a score of their own. The Falcons settled for three field goals after failing twice in three red zone opportunities, keeping the score below the closing total.
Preseason Record: 0-4
ATS Record: 0-4
Over/Under Total Record: 1-3
The Falcons were an over bettors dream last season, playing above the closing total 13 times in 16 regular season games and another three times during their playoff run. And they were consistently good, scoring at least 30 points 11 times and reaching the 40-point mark on six occasions. Opponents will try to adjust, but the Falcons have balance in their attack which will allow them to score a ton of points again.
Week 1: Falcons at Bears, Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 2: Falcons vs. Packers, Sunday, September 17, 8:30 p.m. ET -- NC
Week 3: Falcons at Lions, Sunday, September 24, 1 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 4: Falcons vs. Bills, Sunday, October 1, 1 p.m. ET -- CBS
Week 5: Bye Week
Week 6: Falcons vs. Dolphins, Sunday, October 15, 1 p.m. ET -- CBS
Week 7: Falcons at Patriots, Sunday, October 22, 8:30 p.m. ET -- NBC
Week 8: Falcons at Jets, Sunday, October 29, 1 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 9: Falcons at Panthers, Sunday, November 5, 1 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 10: Falcons vs. Cowboys, Sunday, November 12, 4:25 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 11: Falcons at Seahawks, Monday, November 20, 8:30 p.m. ET -- ESPN
Week 12: Falcons vs. Buccaneers, Sunday, November 26, 1 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 13: Falcons vs. Vikings, Sunday, December 3, 1 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 14: Falcons vs. Saints, Thursday, December 7, 8:25 p.m. ET -- NBC/NFL Network
Week 15: Falcons at Buccaneers, Monday, December 18, 8:30 p.m. ET -- ESPN
Week 16: Falcons at Saints, Sunday, December 24, 1 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 17: Falcons vs. Panthers, Sunday, December 31, 1 p.m. ET -- FOX
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