There were many NFL bettors that toed the line with the Falcons heading into last season. Off pulling off one of the biggest chokes in Super Bowl history, the Falcons had money on both sides of their season win total with compelling arguments for each. Many argued they’d suffer an enormous hangover, while others felt the talent on the roster was simply too good to just roll over and die.
As it turned out, the NFC South ended up being the toughest division in the league with the Saints, Panthers and Falcons all going for 10 or more wins. In Atlanta’s case, it was 10 and it sent them to the wild card round to face the upstart Rams. Experience played an enormous role in that one with Matty Ice and company pulling out the 26-13 outright win as near touchdown underdogs. It almost led them to another outright win the following week in Philadelphia against an Eagles squad that finally found a way to win the big game.
The Falcons opened with a win total of 9, but it has since been bet up to 9.5 with plus-money riding the over. Atlanta’s nearly 20-1 to win Super Bowl LIII, 10-1 to win the NFC and sit behind the Saints in the pecking order to win the division. In their run to the Super Bowl a few years back, it was all about the offense. Last season, they flipped the script with the defense leading the charge evidenced by 11 of their 16 regular season games playing to low scorers.
There’s much to like on that side of the ball once again entering the 2018 NFL betting season, especially after holding teams in the teens in five of their last seven games. It will be interesting to see what the offense looks like this time around with it having a full offseason to marinade in Steve Sarkisian’s offense.
Adding Calvin Ridley to the mix along with Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu could be huge for a passing attack that took a major step back a year ago. Should the running game get back on track behind a more cohesive front wall, the Falcons could get back to their high scoring ways. Regardless, the defense is going to have to once again step up with the division tough as nails once again. In order to do that, it has to generate more of a pass rush. There were some big defections this past offseason, which means Vic Beasley needs to revert back to his 2016 form when he had 15.5 sacks. He only had five last year!
A big start to the season is crucial with three of their first four coming at home. Tough road games await in Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Green Bay and Carolina. This is a talented team that still won 10 games a year ago even though the underachieved. If everything falls into place, Atlanta could find itself perched atop the division standings when it’s said and done.
Week 1: Falcons at Eagles, Thursday, September 6, 8:20 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 2: Panthers at Falcons, Sunday, September 16, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 3: Saints at Falcons, Sunday, September 23, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 4: Bengals at Falcons, Sunday, September 30, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 5: Falcons at Steelers, Sunday, October 7, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 6: Buccaneers at Falcons, Sunday, October 14, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 7: Giants at Falcons, Monday, October 22, 8:15 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 8: Bye Week
Week 9: Falcons at Redskins, Sunday, November 4, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 10: Falcons at Browns, Sunday, November 11, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 11: Cowboys at Falcons, Sunday, November 18, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 12: Falcons at Saints, Thursday, November 22, 8:20 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 13: Ravens at Falcons, Sunday, December 2, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 14: Falcons at Packers, Sunday, December 9, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 15: Cardinals at Falcons, Sunday, December 16, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 16: Falcons at Panthers, Sunday, December 23, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 17: Falcons at Buccaneers, Sunday, December 30, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
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