Falcons Odds Lie With Ryan And Explosive Offense This Season
The Atlanta Falcons were sitting near the bottom of the list when it came to the NFL's draft order this past summer, but their general manager and other members of the staff were not concerned, they had a plan. That plan included trading up over twenty picks and selecting Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones.
The Alabama star was coming off one of the most impressive college careers in recent history. Jones is an explosive wide receiver, with speed and power, and although the Falcons needed help on the defensive side of the ball, they chose instead to go with the type of play-maker that can make a difference in big games.
It is not like Atlanta's offense was lacking weapons over the past couple of years. Roddy White was the best receiver in the league last season, and Michael Turner has become a perennial top ten pick in fantasy drafts over the past several years. Matt Ryan is the quarterback that is saddled with the responsibility that all of the weapons are used in an efficient manner this year.
Atlanta went 13-3 during the regular season in their last campaign, but they bowed out in the playoffs, and were over matched by Green Bay's offense. Mistakes were made by the Falcons offense, but GM Thomas Dimitroff was going to make sure that even if the mistakes are not made this year, the Falcons will have enough fire power to stay with the high flying offenses of Philadelphia and Green Bay.
The Packers are the betting favorites to repeat as NFC Champions, and the Eagles are not far behind. The Falcons come in slightly behind Philadelphia, but with many gamblers, Atlanta is flying under the radar. It is a phenomenon that some bettors do not understand.
"For much of the season last year, Atlanta was the best team in the NFC," said Jack Walker, who had just emerged from a Las Vegas sports book where he placed $100 on the Falcons to win the Super Bowl this season. "This is a team that had the best record in the NFC last year, and got better in the off season. I don't see how any team will be able to stop all of those play-makers on offense, and the defense is much improved."
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