With the NFL season right around the corner (crossing fingers, toes, and nose), I am going to kick off a series where I breakdown each division in the NFL. Recap the key additions, subtractions from the offseason and tell you what you should bet on the Over/Under for each team.
Today I am going to continue my series within the NFC South and tackle the Atlanta Falcons.
Key Additions: Todd Gurley, Dante Fowler Jr., Hayden Hurst, A.J. Terrell, Marlon Davidson
Key Subtractions: Devonta Freeman, Austin Hooper, Vic Beasley, Desmond Trufant, Adrian Clayborn
Last years record: 7-9
Strength of Schedule: .525 (T-5)
Vegas Over/Under Win Total: 7.5
After a second consecutive season at 7-9, 2020 is going to be a make or break season for Dan Quinn and the Atlanta Falcons. The defense was hampered with injuries for a second consecutive season, and it showed as they finished the season giving up 399 points.
The addition of Todd Gurley should fill the shoes of Devonta Freeman. Gurley might be a shell of his former self, but I think he still has some gas left in his tank. I also liked the move of bringing in Hurst to replace Hooper at the tight end role.
The defense is the key, if they falter again, Arthur Blank is going to clean house this offseason.
Falcons O/U 7.5 – Over, Barely
2020 Record: 8-8
Health will be the determining factor, and can Dan Quinn bring back the magic that made this defense work in years past.
I think they may struggle a little bit early, but I have the Falcons finishing the season at 8-8, with 9-7 a possibility. They have a terrible stretch to end the season with games against the Saints, Chargers, Chiefs, and the Bucs twice.
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