NFL Power Rankings: Steelers rise and Texans fall flat in July
By Will Lomas
17. Atlanta Falcons (finished 22)
What I said at the end of last season:
"The Falcons are so weird because again they finish a season strong and they look like they have all the tools to be competitive. Guys like Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, Grady Jarrett, Calvin Ridley, Austin Hooper, etc. all feel like they should be enough to keep you in every game. With continuity at HC and GM, maybe this will be the year that they can get back to where they were before the Super Bowl meltdown. If not, then I expect a reset to come, although we could very easily end up in the same trap next year where all signs point to a firing only for the Falcons to rally back and become almost relevant."
I feel the exact same way as I did months ago, this team can win any game but they also seem to lose A LOT of them despite their talent.
Their pass defense is probably going to be below average and they won’t have much of a running game this year, but they have maybe the best tandem of wide receivers in the NFL, an offensive line brimming with talent, and stars on defense that should be able to make enough plays to frustrate offenses.
Is that enough to win the NFC South? Probably not, but it gives them coin flip chances in their biggest games and with some luck it could happen.