After recording consecutive seasons of 10 wins or more, including their 2016 run to Super Bowl 51, Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons took a sizable step backwards last season in winning just seven games and being left out of the NFL’s postseason party.
Now, as the Falcons get set for the upcoming 2019 NFL regular season, Atlanta is looking to get back in the playoffs at the very least and anything less than that will be completely unacceptable. Whether the Falcons soar or fail to get off the ground in 2019 remains to be seen, but there’s a lot you need to know about the Falcons before the new season gets underway. Also, be sure to check out the latest NFL odds for the 2019 season.
Atlanta Falcons 2019 NFL Season Betting Guide
- ATS: 7-9 (W-L) / 5-11-0 (ATS) / 3-5-0 (Home) / 2-6-0 (Away) / 5-10-0 (Grass) / 0-1-0 (Turf)
- O/U: 9-7 (W-L) / 5-3-0 (Home) / 4-4-0 (Away) / 9-6-0 (Grass) / 0-1-0 (Turf) / 52.3 (Total)
The Falcons almost reached the .500 mark last season, but they didn’t cash in very often for their betting backers by going 5-11 ATS while posting losing ATS marks both at home and on the road. Atlanta’s ability to put points on the board helped them to play Over the total nine times, including five times at home.
- Total Yards: 389.1 / Rank 6
- Passing Yards: 290.8 / Rank 4
- Rushing Yards: 98.3 /Rank 27
- Points Scored: 25.9 / Rank 10
- Field Goal %: 96.2 / Rank 3
Offensively, Atlanta finished sixth overall, a stellar fourth in passing and solid 10th in scoring (25.9 ppg), but the Falcons struggled to run the ball all season in finishing a discouraging 27th overall. To address their offseason needs on the offensive side, the Falcons signed former Jets guard James Carpenter, former Giants guard Jamon Brown, former Titans tight end Luke Stocker and former Patriots and Panthers running back Kenjon Barner. Atlanta also drafted Boston College tackle Chris Lindstrom with the 14th overall pick before adding Washington tackle Kaleb McGary in the second round.
- Total Yards: 384.50 / Rank 20
- Passing Yards: 259.6 / Rank 27
- Rushing Yards: 124.9 /Rank 25
- Points Allowed: 26.4 / Rank 25
- Field Goal %: 100 / Rank 32
- Touchdowns: Calvin Ridley (10)
- Rushing: Tevin Coleman (800)
- Passing: Matt Ryan (4924)
- Receiving: Julio Jones (1677)
- Sacks: Takkarist McKinley (7.0)
- Interceptions: Damontae Kazee (7)
A year ago, young wide receiver Calvin Ridley was fantastic in racking up a team-high 10 touchdowns while the now departed Tevin Coleman led the team in rushing with 800 yards. Matt Ryan had a solid season and Julio Jones put up a stellar 1,677 receiving yards, even if he didn’t find the end zone until Week 9.
I’ve always liked my fellow Philly native, Matt Ryan and I believed he had the goods to become a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, but now I don’t see that happening at all after the choke job that he and his teammates pulled in Super Bowl 51. With that said, while the Falcons struggled defensively a year ago, it seems to me that they’ve placed more of an emphasis on improving their offensive line play more than anything.
Right now, I’m thinking the loss of dual-threat running back Tevin Coleman is going to hurt them and I expect the Falcons to be right in the middle of the pack defensively. Ryan and the Falcons will put points on the board as usual, but I just don’t see a defensive juggernaut in the making in Hotlanta. The Falcons will challenge for a playoff berth, but I think it’s a 50-50 call for a team I think will be right around .500 for the vast majority of the 2019 season.