The Atlanta Falcons look to bounce back in 2021, after a 2020 campaign in which they went 4-12 and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive year. Head coach Dan Quinn was fired after an 0-5 start to the season, and Raheem Morris was named interim HC for the remainder of the season.
Despite a horrendous season, the Falcons weren’t a total disaster to place bets on last year in the NFL. Atlanta was 7-9 against the spread and had the same record when it came to over/unders as well. The Dirty Birds kept games close, and their record could’ve been a lot different if they didn’t lose so many 4th quarter leads.
Ex-Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith was named head coach this offseason. He’ll lead a Falcons team that remains very talented offensively despite the departures of All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones (trade), and six-time Pro Bowl center Alex Mack (free agency).
Atlanta still has former MVP QB Matt Ryan at their disposal, with weapons like Calvin Ridley Jr who is primed for a breakout season after being in the shadow of Jones for a while now. Atlanta also drafted tight end Kyle Pitts fourth overall at the draft, the highest anyone at that position has ever gone. Expect Pitts to be a huge endzone threat in 2021.
Defensively is where this team will continue to struggle. They didn’t improve the defense whatsoever in the offseason, and that has been the main cause of Atlanta being on a downward spiral ever since their Super Bowl run in 2016.
You can’t win long-term in the NFL if you’re not a well-rounded team, and that’s why the Action 247 Sportsbook has the Falcons over/under for wins this season listed at 7.5. Atlanta is +1000 to win the NFC South in 2021, and they are a massive longshot to win Super Bowl 56 at +4900.