Atlanta Falcons 2010-2011 Season Preview

A Look Back – Even though the 2009 NFL betting campaign didn’t end with the same level of success that the ’08 season did for the Atlanta Falcons, there is really no shame in the fact that they finished 9-7 and on the verge of the postseason for the second straight year. One must remember that two years ago, this team was the most embarrassing in the NFL coming off of the Michael Vick fiasco that left the franchise in shambles.

Key Addition – DB Dunta Robinson – The Falcons had a woeful pass defense in 2009, allowing 241.9 yards per game. While several other teams were courting DE Julius Peppers and only free agents, the Falcons knew exactly what they wanted when the Houston Texans didn’t resign Robinson in the offseason. Atlanta accomplished its goal, locking up the most notable defensive back that was free right away during the free agency period, and the hope is that the former first round draft pick can shore up this secondary and help improve upon a defense that allowed 20.3 points per game last year.Atlanta Falcons NFL Cheerleader

Key Loss – None – Give the Atlanta organization a lot of credit for really keeping together the same exact team that was on the field a year ago. That’s proof that HC Mike Smith really loves this team and thinks that it can grow together. And why not, particularly offensively? A core of WR Roddy White, WR Michael Jenkins, TE Tony Gonzalez, QB Matt Ryan, and RB Michael Turner is something that can be built around.

2010 Will Be a Success if… – Turner looks more like the man that ran for 1,700 yards two years ago and less like the one that only ran for 871 last year. In fairness to Turner, he did split a lot of carries last season with Jason Snelling, even before getting injured in the final month of the season. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry last year, but really didn’t feel like he had as many explosive runs as he did in ’08.

The Crucial Game – These opening three games for the Falcons are going to be the real difference makers to this season. They would really love to come out of blocks at no worse than 2-1 in games at Pittsburgh, vs. Arizona, and at New Orleans. That game at the Superdome is going to be particularly important, as it could be a real sign to the defending champs that they aren’t just going to lie down and accept being tagged the second best team in the division.

Predictions - Considering the fact that this team is largely the same one from a year ago and the Panthers and Bucs aren’t playoff caliber teams, there is no reason to think that a second place finish in the NFC South is unreasonable. Is ten wins too much to ask? Even so, if teams like the Packers, Vikings, Bears, Giants, Cowboys, and Eagles all have as good of seasons as they did last year, even that ten wins won’t be good enough for the second season.

The Falcons are listed at +2800 in odds to win the Super Bowl and +1000 to win the AFC at betED sports betting casino.

2010 Atlanta Falcons Regular Season Schedule

9/12 @ PIT
9/19 vs. ARI
9/26 @ NO
10/3 vs. SF
10/10 @ CLE
10/17 @ PHI
10/24 vs. CIN
Bye
11/7 vs. TB
11/11 vs. BAL
11/21 @ STL
11/28 vs. GB
12/5 @ TB
12/12 @ CAR
12/19 @ CLE
12/27 vs. NO
1/2 vs. CAR

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