The Atlanta Falcons can a win wide-open NFC in 2020

Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

During the past decade, the Atlanta Falcons have enjoyed the most success in franchise history.

While the last ten years have been mostly pleasant, the Atlanta Falcons have yet to quench that Super Bowl thirst.

There are a lot of ”experts” picking the Atlanta Falcons to finish third in the division behind a team led by a quarterback that’s a sitting duck in the pocket and a team who’s the best receiver runs the slant like it’s out of style. The NFC as a whole is not locked up as some people would like to think it is. The Falcons have a very legit shot to end up in the Super Bowl again as long as they fix their mistakes and just play better.

The offensive line had its struggles last season protecting Matt Ryan who had a ”down season” and failed to open running lanes for whoever lined up in the backfield. If the offensive line can do halfway better than what they did last season then the offense could be as potent as ever.

Let’s not forget Ryan has the best receiver in the league to throw in Julio Jones and a young budding superstar in Calvin Ridley.

The defense played a lot better in the second half and was able to go out and sign Dante Fowler to help with the pass rush. Deion Jones and Keanu Neal are both healthy and any underestimate the signing of Deone Buchanon. The secondary is young but if they can be coached right and put in the position to make the best play possible, you could be looking at one of the best defenses Atlanta has had since Ryan has been at the helm.

Atlanta Falcons can win a wide-open NFC

There are some ”experts” who don’t have the Atlanta Falcons even making the playoffs. They are predominantly predicted to finished third in a division where the two top teams are riding on the arms of a 20-year veteran at quarterback and one of them survives on running slants all game to protect their quarterback from its weak interior offensive line.

The NFC is wide open then more people would like to expect. The 49ers don’t have the depth at the receiver when the running game isn’t working. Seattle might have one of the worst offensive lines in football.

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Green Bay has the same issues the Atlanta Falcons have and the Cowboys, while they look good on paper, are still the Cowboys. The Falcons have a great chance to come out of the NFC whether you like it or not, they just have to get out of their own way.