The Atlanta Falcons had a respectable but non-competitive season last year, finishing in a three-way tie for second place in the NFC South at 7-10.
It wouldn’t be far-fetched to see Atlanta add some pieces and make a run at a very winnable division this season, but the odds tell a different story.
Let’s examine what the pundits think of Atlanta’s chances to compete for Super Bowl LVIII and what that may say about the season to come.
Super Bowl 58 Odds
Falcons not favored to compete for a title
The Falcons were within a game of the NFC South champions last season and could look even better next season, yet their odds to win Super Bowl LVIII are +7500, the 28th-longest in the NFL.
Well, it might not be a pipe dream for the Falcons to win the division, but escaping the first round of the playoffs is certainly a tall ask.
Atlanta has holes across its roster it needs to address, but it especially needs to figure out its quarterback and fix its defense.
The Falcons’ defense ranked in the bottom third in the league in both yards and points allowed last season and its run-first offense didn’t make it easy to battle back from deficits.
If Atlanta adds pieces with its bountiful cap space, the Falcons should be better suited for success later this fall in the weakest division in the league.
But it’s still likely not enough to lead the team on a postseason run past the likes of the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers.
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