The Atlanta Falcons have to avoid the first half early season collapse that has plagued them over the last two seasons.
After missing the playoffs in three of the five seasons under the direction of head coach Dan Quinn, the Atlanta Falcons have a chance in 2020 to get rid of the bad taste that they have left in the mouth of Falcons faithful over the last two years.
Over the last three seasons, the Falcons have a combined 9-15 record in the first eight games and are 15-9 in the final eight games of those same three seasons.
Much has been about the 2020 Falcons schedule and rightfully so, it is very difficult from start to finish. Having to face Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady is no easy task for any defense or franchise in the NFL.
How many of the first eight games in 2020 can the Atlanta Falcons win? Can the Falcons win five games against the Seahawks, Bears, Cowboys, Packers, Panthers, Vikings, and Lions in the first eight games of the year?
As young and inexperienced as the defensive backs for the Atlanta Falcons are is the biggest concern when talking about whether or not the Falcons can avoid the first-half collapse in 2020. Opposing offenses will target rookie A.J. Terrell and he will either sink or swim early in the season.
A pass rush will go a long way in determining how well all facets of the defense are able to perform in 2020.
There is no doubt that Matt Ryan will be the best quarterback and the Falcons will have the best offense in seven of those eight games; Seahawks being the lone exception. If the better offensive team does indeed win those eight games, the Falcons should start 7-1.
Atlanta Falcons will avoid the first-half collapse in 2020
When looking at all evidence that we have at our disposal, other than using the previous history, there is no reason to believe that the Falcons will not be successful in 2020.
People are quick to point out that the 6-2 finish in 2019 has no bearing on what happens in 2020 and they would be correct. On that same premise, the 1-7 start also has no bearing and what happens in 2020. What we do know is the Falcons have had their best offseason under Thomas Dimitroff and that will translate to more wins and a playoff berth in 2020.