Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl 50 Odds AnalysisThe Atlanta Falcons’ NFL lines are heading in a new direction under former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn after perennially coming up short under former head coach Mike Smith. Now, the pressure is on both, Quinn and franchise quarterback Matt Ryan to right a ship gone woefully off course over the last two seasons. Thanks to this preview on Quinn, Ryan and the rest of the former ‘Dirty Birds’ you’re going to have a great idea of just how far the Falcons can go in their chances of cashing in on their Super Bowl 50 Futures Odds.
2014 Season in Review
The GoodEven in the midst of all of their troubles last season, the Falcons (6-10 SU, 7-9 ATS, 6-10 O/U) had their share of good news with the team’s offense still being one of the better units in the league. The Falcons finished eighth in total offense, including a stellar fifth in passing as still-gifted quarterback Matt Ryan finished fifth in passing yards (4,694) and wide receivers, Julio Jones and Roddy White both had solid campaigns. White finished the season ranked 31st in receiving yards (921) despite missing two games and battling injuries all season long. Jones finished third in receptions and receiving yards with 104 receptions for a whopping 1,593 yards while earning the Falcons’ only pro Bowl berth.
Person on blocking for QB Matt Ryan: Who wouldn't want to? The guy is an amazing quarterback. #RiseUp— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) March 11, 2015
The BadThere was also plenty of bad for Atlanta last season, though most of it came on the defensive side of the ball-as usual. Atlanta did finish a dismal 24th in rushing, but the team’s defense was absolutely abysmal. The Falcons finished dead last in total defense (398.2 ypg) and dead last against the pass, allowing a whopping 279.9 passing yards per game. Atlanta was slightly better against the run as they finished 21st, but the once beloved Dirty Birds still gave up 26.1 points per game to finish 27th.
The UglyThe Falcons pass defense was almost non-existent last season with their defensive backs getting routinely toasted each and every week. Let’s take a look at Washington’s offensive statistics from this past season.
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