Atlanta Falcons Betting Odds Preview
The Atlanta Falcons finished with the best regular season record in the NFC last season at 13-3 SU with a 9-6-1 ATS record to go with it, but once again fell short in the playoffs. Will this be the year that Atlanta finally turns regular season success into a Super Bowl run?
Last year’s 13-3 SU season marked the second time the Falcons had achieved that record and won the NFC South in three years. But while the Falcons have enjoyed a 56-24 SU record in five years under quarterback Matt Ryan, they are just 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS over that span in the postseason. Can the Falcons break the mold this year?
Atlanta seized control of the NFC South with an 8-0 SU and 6-2 ATS record right out of the gate and never looked back. Despite Michael Turner’s lack of production in the running game, Atlanta finished eighth in the NFL in total yards per game with 369.1 and seventh in points per game with 26.2 thanks to the brilliant play of Matt Ryan, who passed for 4,719 yards and 32 touchdowns. Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Tony Gonzalez all return to form one of the best receiving corps in the game, and the addition of running back Steven Jackson should make the offense even more dangerous.
But will the defense be able to hold up its end of the bargain? The Falcons finished fifth in points per game against with 18.7 last year, but there may have been some luck involved as they finished in the bottom third of the league in yardage surrendered both through the air and on the ground. Atlanta lost some big names on defense to free agency, and will rely on free agent signing Osi Umenyiora and a slew of draft picks to pick up the slack.
Even if the defense falters, the NFC South is all about offense; and Atlanta has plenty of it to duke it out with the Saints for the title.
NFC South Odds at Bovada as of August 3
Atlanta Falcons +130
New Orleans Saints +150
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +500
Carolina Panthers +550