The Atlanta Falcons finished the 2021 Season with a 7-10 record, which was good for third place in the NFC South. They embraced a rebuild in the offseason and likely will be worse this season.
Atlanta averaged 18.4 points per game last season, which was 26th in the league. They gave up 27 points per game, which was 30th.
Matt Ryan completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,968 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in the offseason and was replaced by Marcus Mariota, who threw for four yards as a backup in Las Vegas last season.
Cordarrelle Patterson led the Falcons with 618 rushing yards and six touchdowns, while Kyle Pitts led the team with 1,026 receiving yards and one touchdown.
The Falcons drafted former Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder, who is expected to compete with Mariota for the starting job.
Atlanta Falcons Season preview
Atlanta’s offensive line wasn’t very good last season, with Ryan getting sacked 40 times. They didn’t upgrade the line in the offseason and used a sixth-round pick on Justin Shaffer. So expect whoever is under center to face a lot of heat this season.
Defensively, Atlanta lost its best tackler in linebacker Foyesade Oluokun. But the team added some pieces that will help them this season. They signed Vincent Taylor in free agency and used their second-round picks on Arnold Ebiketie and Troy Andersen.
With their offseason moves, the Falcons don’t have enough talent to compete for the NFC South title. So expect them to compete with the Carolina Panthers for the worst record in the division. hich is why their Super Bowl 2023 odds is set at +5000.