Should the Atlanta Falcons Go For Two Point Conversions?
The NFL announced the extra point will now be kicked from the 15-yard line with two-point conversions remaining at the 2-yard line. The new rule also gives the defense the ability to score two points on returns.
With the new extra point system in place (above if you missed it), the Atlanta Falcons will have to make a choice like every other team in the NFL.
"“According to the rule change, if the defense returns a blocked extra point or failed two-point try for a touchdown (i.e. on an interception), they will be awarded two points. Under the previous rule the ball was dead on a failed try.” NFL.com"
Should the Falcons go for two point conversions, or just attempt a 33 yard field goal every time they score a touchdown?
The first thing to note is that the Atlanta Falcons currently have one of the most reliable kickers in the NFL. In 2014, Bryant converted on 29 field goals out of 32, which is the fifth best percentage out of all kickers.
Atlanta Falcons’ QB Matt Ryan had a 109.4 QB rating in the red zone in 2014, which was the second best in the NFL.
But going for two points shouldn’t be ruled out, even with Bryant’s presence.
According to SportingCharts.com, Matt Ryan had a 109.4 quarterback rating in the red zone which was the second best out of all QB’s. Only Peyton Manning was higher with a 110.8 rating. They also have Julio Jones, who can shake a cornerback one on one in the end zone.
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