In 2020, the Atlanta Falcons had a disappointing season, after coming in with the expectation of competing for the division with the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. The franchise has won just four of its 16 games in the year, having the worst campaign in the NFC South and taking the fourth pick in the 2021 Draft.
This year the results have not been so different, the team has only two wins and three losses. Follow the results of the last matches and the team’s expectations for the following games. And if you’re following the Atlanta Falcons to place bets, Online Betting Guide provides us with promotions for NJ customers for those interested.
Atlanta Falcons Last Games
|Sun, Sep 12||Philadelphia Eagles||L 32-6||0-1|
|Sun, Sep 19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 48-25||0-2|
|Sun, Sep 26||New York Giants||W 17-14||1-2|
|Sun, Oct 3||Washington Football Team||L 34-30||1-3|
|Sun, Oct 10||New York Jets||W 27-20||2-3|
For the next game, the Falcons will face the Miami team, the Dolphins. The team sees the game as a good opportunity to re-establish themselves in the championship considering the Dolphins’ latest moves. Currently the Falcons have 2 wins and the Dolphins only one.
Falcons performance and what the team expects
After changing their coach, their GM and losing the biggest star on the team, the Atlanta Falcons don’t seem to fight for the playoffs in 2021, but the hope is that the team will do better than in 2020, when they won only 4 games.
Coach Arthur Smith arrives in Atlanta with the aim of rekindling the Falcons’ attack. As offensive coordinator for the Titans, he managed to rescue Ryan Tannehill’s good football and thus improved the offensive unit. The hope is that he will do the same for Matt Ryan, who may be in his final year with the team. However, the truth is that he will not have the same quality of players to work in Tennessee.
The Falcons lost their main offensive weapon, Julio Jones, precisely to the Titans in the interseason. With that, Calvin Ridley will be the team’s number one wide receiver, and he’s been a great receiver in practice and did great when Jones was injured in 2020. In addition, the offense won TE Kyle Pitts, an extremely promising talent who came with the fourth draft pick, and RB Mike Davis, who stood out in Carolina in McCaffrey’s absence. It remains to be seen whether the offensive line, which also lost a big gun on Alex Mack (C), will improve its production. After all, it was among the worst OLs last year.
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who also hails from Tennessee, will have a tough road to improve on the Falcons’ defense, which has been among the worst in the NFL in recent years. In 2020, Atlanta was one of the teams that gave the most air yards and had a hard time putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks in non-blitz situations. To make matters worse, Keanu Neal (LB) and Ricardo Allen (S), two important defensive players, left the team.
The Falcons brought in safeties Duran Harmon of the Lions and Erik Harris of the Raiders as reinforcements for the young secondary. They drafted CB Richie Grant in the second round. On front 7, the team didn’t add big names, despite basically having only two good players in that unit: Grady Jarrett (DT) and Deion Jones (LB). Only Brandon Copeland (LB), who was on five teams in eight NFL years, Jonathan Bullard (DE), who played just six games with Seattle in 2020, and newcomers Adetokunbo Ogundeji (DE) and Ta’quon Graham ( DT), who came in the last rounds of the draft.
A brief history of the team
Created in 1966, the Atlanta Falcons emerged from the NFL’s expansion of the 1960s, as the league was trying to rein in the growth of its rival AFL. In its 55-year history, Atlanta has won its division six times and qualified for the playoffs in 14 seasons. The team has two Super Bowl trips, interseasonal but no wins. In 1998, the team lost to John Elway’s Denver Broncos. 2016 was already known for the significant turnaround of the New England Patriots. In August 2017, the Falcons opened their new stadium, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which has up to 75,000 fans. Over the past three seasons, Atlanta has failed to make the playoffs, and by 2020 they had a record of 4 wins and 12 losses, placing last in the NFC South.