Last year the Falcons surprised some of us finishing 10-6, making the playoffs and losing at the last second in the divisional round vs Philadelphia. If you were with us reading last year you will remember that I was very concerned and was worried that new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian would bring in a new system and said it would take a season for Matt Ryan to get used to the new system. I still believe that last year was that learning or getting used to the system season. Atlanta was up and down all season offensively. And truly is why they lost to Philadelphia.
To say this season is an important key for Sarkisian’s future in Atlanta is an understatement. The Falcons in the first round drafted wide receiver Calvin Ridley. This offense may be the most talented in the league. If it’s not the most talented it is definitely top 5 in the league. If this offense is anything less than mediocre Sark could be seeing his way out the door.
The defense on the other hand is a different story. Vic Beasley is going to need to have a great season after the losses of Dontari Poe and Adrian Clayborn. I would be surprised if the defensive line does not take a step back. The Secondary will be the key to Atlanta’s defensive success. Desmond Trufant and Ricardo Allen aren’t shutdown cornerbacks but both are great in coverage.
PREDICTED RECORD: 11-5, WINS NFC SOUTH