Falcons 2017 Schedule Analysis: Long Walk to Redemption

Atlanta Falcons

Swinging Johnson

Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:41 PM GMT

Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017 10:41 PM GMT

The Atlanta Falcons will try to shake off their spectacular Super Bowl collapse and get back to the big game. Below we look at their upcoming regular season schedule and the NFL odds for the Dirty Birds to win the NFC Conference and Super Bowl.

Atlanta Falcons 2017 Regular Season Schedule

Sep. 10     at Chicago Bears 1:00 PM (WIN)

Sep. 17     Green Bay Packers 8:30 PM (LOSS)

Sep. 24     at Detroit Lions 1:00 PM (LOSS)

Oct. 1       Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM (WIN)

Oct. 8       BYE

Oct. 15     Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM (WIN)

Oct. 22    at New England Patriots 8:30 PM (LOSS)

Oct. 29    at New York Jets 1:00 PM (WIN)

Nov. 5    at Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM (LOSS)

Nov. 12   Dallas Cowboys 4:25 PM (LOSS)

Nov. 20   at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 8:30 PM (LOSS)

Nov. 26   Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM (WIN)

Dec. 3     Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM (WIN)

Dec. 7     New Orleans Saints (Thu) 8:25 PM (WIN)

Dec. 18   at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mon) 8:30 PM (WIN)

Dec. 24   at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM (LOSS)

Dec. 31   Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM (WIN)

Season Record Prediction: 9-7

 

 Preview & NFL Odds

Matt Ryan has been an upper tier QB his entire career but always a click below the elites, with the notable exception of last season, and a decline in performance is virtually guaranteed. He will have the immaculate Julio Jones at his disposal but his team will have a big target on its back this season. In addition, they are moving into the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which may take some getting used to after decades at the Georgia Dome.

The upside to their schedule is they won’t face a cold weather team in December but they do have an NFC title rematch with the Packers in Week 2 and a murderous five-game stretch, four of which are on the road, starting October 22nd which kicks off with a Super Bowl encore against the Patriots, then two more road games, followed by a date with Dallas and finally a trip to Seattle. That midseason stretch will tell the tale of the 2017-2018 Falcons. And if the Dirty Birds don’t significantly upgrade their defense (27th in points allowed), they will be lucky to win their division. The oddsmakers at 5Dimes have installed Atlanta as the fifth lowest NFL odds on the board but we would steer clear of including the Falcons as one of our NFL picks to get back to the big game.

NFC Conference Odds: +635 at 5DimesSuper Bowl Odds: +1250 at 5Dimes
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