2021 Atlanta Falcons Season Betting Preview

by Spooky Express | June 1, 2021 |

The Atlanta Falcons finished the 2020 season with a record of 4-12, and the poor play got head coach Dan Quinn fired. Atlanta appeared to improve a bit after that decision was made, but the team continued to lose games.

The biggest issue for Atlanta in 2020 was the inability to close out games down the stretch. Atlanta took a number of fourth-quarter leads, but the defense always seemed to fall apart at the worst possible time. 

2021 Falcons Offseason Additions

The biggest moves that the Falcons made this offseason were on the offensive side of the ball, which was the unit that actually performed well a season ago. Quarterback Matt Ryan will be back under center, and the Falcons have given him some new weapons.

Atlanta selected Florida tight end Kyle Pitts, with the number four overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and he could make an impact right away. The Falcons also signed running back Mike Davis, and he has proved to be successful in the NFL. 

2021 Falcons Offseason Departures

Atlanta has lost a number of key pieces on the defensive side of the ball, and that is going to be an issue in 2021. The Falcons were already a poor defense, and losing starters won’t help the issue. 

Safety Keanu Neal and center Justin McCray have both moved on from the Falcons, and that will leave some big-time holes. This roster has seen a ton of turnover, but the Falcons are hoping that they got the better of the deals. 

Three Key Factors To A Winning Season

Julio Jones Status

Julio Jones wants out of Atlanta, and it appears that the team is looking to move him. If he is traded, that takes away one of the best wide receivers in NFL history, and that would be a blow to Atlanta. 

Defense in the Secondary

The NFL has turned into a passing league in recent years.

Running the Football

Atlanta is going to be able to throw the football as the passing game is loaded with weapons. Running the football has been an issue in recent seasons, and the Falcons have to find a way to pick up some yards on the ground. 

Rating Their Schedule

Playing poorly in 2020 will give the Falcons a slightly favorable schedule in 2021, but that doesn’t mean that it is one full of wins. Dealing with the NFC South is hard enough, but there are some other difficult matchups as well. 

The Falcons will be in Tampa Bay in Week 2, and facing the Buccaneers will be one of the toughest games of the season. Things tend to cool off a bit for the Falcons before they head to New Orleans for a matchup with the Saints in Week 7.

The Week 16 matchup will have Atlanta traveling to Buffalo to take on the Bills, and this is another game that will be a real challenge for the Falcons. 

Expectations in 2021

Atlanta has enough talent in place to be much improved during the 2021 season, but that doesn’t mean they will be a playoff contender. The Falcons are still arguably the worst team in the NFC South Division, and they aren’t a real threat to win the title.

The goal for the Falcons should be getting above .500 during the 2021 season, but it’s hard to see them getting there. This just feels like a team that is headed for no more than six wins in 2021. 

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