The Falcons were one of the league’s best offenses in 2012, and after going 13-3 SU in the regular season, the Falcons flamed out in the playoffs losing in the NFC Title game to the 49ers. In a tight NFC, will the Falcons be a good bet this year in the NFL odds? Their offense is a big reason why I think the answer is ‘Yes.’
2012 was one of the best Falcons seasons since the 1999 Super Bowl run. It was nothing to be disappointed about, but I can’t help but think the Falcons were. They went 13-3 SU in the regular season, and had the best record in the NFC. Their passing offense was a big reason for this. Matt Ryan had over 4700 passing yards, he had two receivers over 1100 yards, and three pass catchers combined for over 3000 of his passing yards. However the only thing holding them back was a subpar running game behind Michael Turner. He has been replaced with a much more adequate replacement.
Steven Jackson has signed on with the Falcons to be their lead back and despite being 29 years old, Jackson is still a monster out of the backfield. Behind bad offensive lines in St. Louis, Jackson has logged at least 1000 yards per season in eight straight seasons. He has some tread on his tires, but whether or not he has some left in the tank is a small question mark at this point. If he and Jaquizz Rodgers can be a solid 1-2 combo in the rushing attack, this passing offense just got a lot better.
Other than the newly established running game, the Falcons only real question on offense is if Ryan can lead them to a Super Bowl. They Falcons are one of only a few teams that anything short of a Super Bowl would be disappointing in 2013. Can this potent offense lead the entire team to a Super Bowl?
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The Falcons have done well this offseason. The signing of Jackson makes them a dangerous team, and possibly the most dangerous in the NFC. The resigning of Tony Gonzalez put the icing on the cake for this offense, and it makes them a solid ‘A’ student. I can’t think of any other offense that will be as dangerous as the Falcons this season, with the possible exception of the Denver Broncos.
Also, on the other side of the ball, the Falcons signed Osi Umenyiora, and could still sign Richard Seymour if he doesn’t retire. While both of those guys play defense, they are also two guys that can get turnovers, and more chances for the offense is one thing that can also help one’s grade in the class of offseason offense. The Falcons could go into training camp as a team we need to add to our offseason NFL picks. The NFL odds this offseason have the Falcons at +800 to win the NFC, and +1400 to win the Super Bowl. With how good this team could be, I could easily recommend a value bet on the Falcons. They can beat any team in the NFC.
My Grade: A
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