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Dan Quinn saved his job with Atlanta’s performance over the second half of 2019. The Falcons went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for a second straight year, but they recovered admirably after a 1-7 start. Atlanta won six of its final eight games, and it’s only two losses in that stretch were against NFC South champion New Orleans and mercurial Tampa Bay. That has Arthur Blank and Falcons’ fans optimistic about the potential for a turnaround in 2020, but Quinn will likely be given a mandate to make the postseason or get sacked.

Season Recap

Matt Ryan surpassed 50,000 career passing yards this season, throwing for at least 4,000 yards for the ninth straight year. He did it despite missing a game due to injury, but he averaged more passes per game than at any other point in his career. Ryan threw 616 passes in just 15 games, averaging 7.3 YPA as defenses stopped the run and forced him to move the chains through the air.

As always, his favorite target was Julio Jones. Jones had another standout season, establishing himself as the best receiver of the last decade. Jones has caught 797 passes for 12,125 yards and 57 touchdowns this decade, and he did it despite being drafted in 2011. Atlanta gave up a small fortune to go up and draft Jones that year, but he has repaid that investment with interest.

Atlanta dealt veteran receiver Mohamed Sanu to New England midway through the season, allowing its younger receivers an opportunity to grow. Calvin Ridley developed nicely after the trade, and he would have finished the year with 1,000 yards if he didn’t suffer a season-ending abdomen injury in mid-December. Tight end Austin Hooper would have finished around that milestone mark if he didn’t miss three games due to injury as well.

The Falcons had to be potent in the passing game since the run game didn’t do much in 2019. Devonta Freeman looked a step slow coming back from a major injury last year, and he averaged a career low 3.6 YPC. Brian Hill didn’t fare much better when given an opportunity to run, and Atlanta’s longest running play this year was 28 yards. They averaged just 85.1 YPG on the ground and fumbled four times, making this one of the most ineffective run games in the NFL.

The major problems for Atlanta were on defense. The Falcons had one of the worst defenses in the NFL through the first half of the season, and that appeared to spell doom for Quinn since he is a defensive minded coach. His decision to give up play calling duties helped immensely though, and the Falcons righted the ship somewhat over the latter half of the year.

The loss of hard-hitting safety Keanu Neal really hurt the secondary, and the lack of a solid pass rush was a problem too. Atlanta’s sack rate was the fourth worst in the NFL, and only Grady Jarrett and Vic Beasley Jr. finished the year with more than four sacks.

Jarrett and Beasley were solid against the run with both players registering double-digit tackles for loss, and standout linebacker Deion Jones was great in this department too. However, wholesale changes need to be made on this side of the ball, and we are likely to see many moves from the front office this offseason.

2020 Season Preview

Atlanta spent last year’s draft improving along the offensive line. The Falcons used first round picks on guard Chris Lindstrom and tackle Kaleb McGary, and they will be patient with those two young players.

This defense needs to be shaken up though, so expect the Falcons to address needs on that side of the ball this offseason. Atlanta has over $12 million in cap room after restructuring Ryan’s contract at the end of the regular season, so the franchise can’t make a huge splash by signing a major free agent. The Falcons will be hoping to address needs in the draft, but they will be drafting in the middle of each round after beating Tampa Bay in overtime to end the season. A loss would have earned Atlanta the 11th or 12th pick, so that victory could cost the Falcons in the 2020 NFL Draft.

2019 Atlanta Falcons Betting Schedule

WEEK MATCHUP DATE / TIME TV
Week 1 Falcons at Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Sept. 8, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 2 Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Sept. 15, 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
Week 3 Falcons at Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 4 Falcons vs. Tennessee Titans Sunday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 5 Falcons at Houston Texans Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 6 Falcons at Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Oct. 13, 4:05 p.m. ET FOX
Week 7 Falcons vs. Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 8 Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 9 BYE Sunday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m. ET -
Week 10 Falcons at New Orleans Saints Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 11 Falcons at Carolina Panthers Sunday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 12 Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 13 Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints Thursday, Nov. 28, 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
Week 14 Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 15 Falcons at San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Dec. 15, 4:25 p.m. ET FOX
Week 16 Falcons vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Dec. 22, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 17 Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m. ET FOX
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Past Atlanta Falcons Seasons

YEAR RECORD PLAYOFFS
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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1999 5-11 None
1998 14-2 Lost Super Bowl
1997 7-9 None
1996 3-13 None
1995 9-7 Lost Wild Card Round
1994 7-9 None
1993 6-10 None
1992 6-10 None
1991 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
1990 5-11 None
1989 3-13 None
1988 5-11 None
1987 3-12 None
1986 7-8-1 None
1985 4-12 None
1984 4-12 None
1983 7-9 None
1982 5-4 Lost Wild Card Round
1981 7-9 None
1980 12-4 Lost Divisional Round
1979 6-10 None
1978 9-7 Lost Divisional Round
1977 7-7 None
1976 4-10 None
1975 4-10 None
1974 3-11 None
1973 9-5 None
1972 7-7 None
1971 7-6-1 None
1970 4-8-2 None
1969 6-8 None
1968 2-12 None
1967 1-12-1 None
1966 3-11 None

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