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Atlanta Falcons NFL Betting Online

Atlanta Falcons NFL Betting Online

The Atlanta Falcons entered last season coin flip favorites to make the playoffs and win the NFC South. Unfortunately, neither of those occurrences came to pass after the “Dirty Birds” tripped and stumbled their way towards a 7-10 record which saw the team cover a grand total of just five games against the closing NFL odds. With the belief that a roster was put in place to at the very least qualify for the playoffs as a wild card entrant, upper management decided to pull the plug on the Arthur Smith experiment after just three seasons. GM Terry Fontenot then anointed Raheem Morris as the franchise’s nineteenth head coach after serving as the interim head coach back in 2020 when Dan Quinn was let go in-season. With a better than average roster at his disposal with riches at key positions other teams would pony up pretty pennies for, expectations remain high for a team that grossly failed to live up to them under the prior regime. With viable quarterback options now in the mix for the first time since “Matty Ice” called it a career, excuses won’t allowed to be made moving forward now with a defensive oriented head coach calling the shots.

Like so many other teams in the league, the Falcons were believed to be a quarterback away from winning more games than they lost every passing week. That excuse can no longer be made now that Kirk Cousins was inked to a huge offseason contract to be the QB1 of the offense for the foreseeable future. Then upper management went out and selected Michael Penix Jr with the eighth pick in the NFL Draft when it was widely accepted that the former Washington Husky wouldn’t come off the board until later in the first round if not the early second. While some believed it to be an insurance policy for Cousins who is still coming back from an Achilles injury, the move still raised a number of eyebrows considering how desperate the defense has been for a game changer on that side of the ball. Be that as it may, Fontenot once again elected to go offense with his first round pick regardless of having a top-eight pick in each of the last four drafts. The decision to do so could prove dire come the conclusion of the NFL betting season if the Falcons once again march one of the league’s more impotent pass rushed onto the gridiron.

NFL Betting Lines

2024 Atlanta Falcons Futures Odds
ODDS TO WIN 2024 NFC +1250

Despite ranking eighth in pass defense last season, thanks to the efforts of A.J. Terrell and others, the Atlanta Falcons struggled to pressure opposing quarterbacks, ranking in the bottom third of the league with just 42 sacks. The front office's failure to address key gaps along the defensive line or secondary through trades or free agency has placed significant pressure on rookies to make an immediate impact. Ruke Orhorhoro, who recorded 24 sacks in three seasons at Clemson, could be a steal if he adapts quickly to the NFL. However, Atlanta's historically low quarterback pressure rate since 2021 suggests a steep challenge ahead. Additionally, the team is counting on Clark Phillips III to step up as a full-time cornerback after Jeff Okudah's departure. While the Falcons invested heavily in the front seven with four of their first five draft picks, it remains uncertain if any can rise to the occasion and become the game-changing players the defense desperately needs.

All said, the defense still ranked No. 11 overall and only conceded 21.9 points per game (No. 18). With an offense poised to advance, Atlanta may only need a game manager to optimize their talent. The trio of RB Bijan Robinson, WR Drake London, and TE Kyle Pitts represents a wealth of offensive talent. Despite head coach Arthur Smith's frustratingly conservative use of Robinson, who nearly reached 1,000 rushing yards and 1,500 scrimmage yards, and London's 900+ receiving yards, the unit underperformed. Pitts' 53 receptions also puzzled many. With a new play-caller at the helm, expectations are high for Robinson, London, and Pitts to significantly increase their combined touchdown count beyond last season's total of 13. There’s a reason NFL bettors and fantasy footballers are extremely bullish on this offense heading into the 2024-25 NFL betting season.

The online sportsbook also looks to be buying in deeming Atlanta the -135 favorites to win the NFC South for the first time since their 2016 Super Bowl appearance. Along with that, their season win total is up a full game to 9.5 from the previous year with heavy -150 juice supplanted on the high side of the impost. If you ultimately think the Falcons win 10+ games and get back to the playoffs, the most bang for the buck can be had betting on Atlanta to win the division than to make the playoffs considering the “Yes” currently requires a $231 investment just to make $100. The bullish odds likely have everything to do with the fact that Sharp Football Analysis has the Falcons 2024-25 schedule ranked out as the easiest of all 32 teams when going by each opponent’s season win total odds. On the docket is the NFC East and AFC West along with standalone games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, and Minnesota Vikings.

Atlanta Falcons Schedule & Results

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Week 4 vs. New Orleans Saints - -
Week 5 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - -
Week 6 at Carolina Panthers - -
Week 7 vs. Seattle Seahawks - -
Week 8 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - -
Week 9 vs. Dallas Cowboys - -
Week 10 at New Orleans Saints - -
Week 11 at Denver Broncos - -
Week 12 BYE WEEK
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Week 14 at Minnesota Vikings - -
Week 15 at Las Vegas Raiders - -
Week 16 vs. New York Giants - -
Week 17 at Washington Commanders - -
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The Falcons were founded as an NFL expansion team in 1966 but did not reach the playoffs until 1978. They have won two NFC championships, in 1998 and 2016. Their infamous Super Bowl collapse to the Patriots remains one of the biggest debacles in NFL history.

The Falcons emerged during the peak of the AFL vs. NFL league war, with the AFL also eyeing Atlanta for a franchise. To preempt this, the NFL swiftly established the Falcons, also aligning with their Sunbelt expansion strategy. The New Orleans Saints were founded the following year, sparking an immediate rivalry between the Southern teams. Over the years, the Falcons have had many great players, including Deion Sanders, Claude Humphrey, Steve Bartkowski, Jeff Van Note, Tommy Nobis, and Roddy White. Sanders and Humphrey are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while Van Note had a remarkable career from 1969 through 1986.

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones dramatically transformed the Atlanta Falcons franchise, bringing a new era of success and excitement to the team. Ryan, drafted in 2008, quickly established himself as a franchise quarterback, known for his poise, leadership, and passing precision. The arrival of Julio Jones in 2011, a dynamic wide receiver with exceptional speed and catch radius, provided Ryan with an elite target. Together, they formed one of the NFL's most potent quarterback-receiver duos, leading the Falcons to consistent playoff appearances and an NFC Championship in 2016. Their synergy on the field not only revitalized the Falcons' offense but also set numerous franchise records, cementing their legacy as pivotal figures in the team's history.

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Atlanta Falcons Past Seasons (2000)

2023 7-10 None
2022 7-10 None
2021 7-10 None
2020 4-12 None
2019 7-9 None
2018 7-9 None
2017 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
2016 11-5 Lost Super Bowl
2015 8-8 None
2014 6-10 None
2013 4-12 None
2012 13-3 Lost Conference Championship
2011 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
2010 13-3 Lost Divisional Round
2009 9-7 None
2008 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
2007 4-12 None
2006 7-9 None
2005 8-8 None
2004 11-5 Lost Conference Championship
2003 5-11 None
2002 9-6-1 Lost Divisional Round
2001 7-9 None
2000 4-12 None

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