Atlanta Falcons Betting Odds

Atlanta Falcons Betting Odds

Sweet Home Atlanta

Atlanta Falcons betting for the 2018 season will have a special provision; if they make it back to the Super Bowl, they will by default be the home team.

This year, with the NFL deciding to hold the Super Bowl in Atlanta, the Falcons will have extra incentive to build on their success in the last few years so they can become the first NFL club to win a Super Bowl in their home stadium.

After losing the Super Bowl in spectacular fashion to the Patriots in 2016, in 2017, the team returned to the playoffs with a 10-6 record, placing them third in the NFC South. The Falcons defeated the Los Angeles Rams 26-13 in the Wild Card round, but their 2017 season came to an end a week later in the Divisional Playoff round at the hands of the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles 15-10.

According to our NFL sportsbook, Falcons betting odds are in the upper 1/3 of the NFL to win the Super Bowl, but it is still early and as we all know, anything can happen. With a couple key players stepping up and leading the charge, they could find themselves among the favorites going into the playoffs.

Building their Case

Not really needing to bolster their roster, the Falcons stayed pretty quiet in the offseason, signing Former Chiefs safety Ron Parker as well as cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Matt Bryant while letting go of Taylor Gabriel and Dontari Poe.

The Parker signing is more a depth move, as Keanu Neal needed someone to back him up in case of emergency.

At the draft, they picked up Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who was a first team all-SEC selection in 2017. In three years at Alabama, he compiled 2,781 receiving yards.

Those moves leave the Falcons in pretty good hands. The only position that could maybe be in question is guard; If current starter Andy Levitre, who is getting on in age, continues to have injury problems, the Falcons could find themselves vulnerable at his position.

Going dark?

There was some concern earlier this offseason when five-time pro bowler Julio Jones went dark on social media, suggesting that he may be having issues with the team. He unfollowed the Falcons and all of his teammates, which some took to be a signal that is not content with the team.

Jones has also been spending time training with Terrell Owens, who was known for stirring the pot from time to time during his NFL career.

However, there is no other indication to think that anything is afoot, and neither the team nor Jones has said anything about a possible move.

Rest of the Pack

Outside of Jones, there is no other drama on this Falcons team that looks poised to make a run at a Super Bowl ring. Quarterback Matt Ryan will operate behind a solid offensive line that will protect him and the excellent running back duo of Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman out of the backfield.

On defense, 2016 NFL sacks leader Vic Beasly will be back in full form along with De'Vondre Campbell and 2017 Pro Bowler Dion Jones. Last year the defense was the 12th best in the league in passing, but were 24th against the rush. They will likely want to improve that stat this year.