The Atlanta Falcons were not crowned champions during the Matt Ryan era. However, it did result in six postseason appearances and a devastating Super Bowl loss in 2016. Ryan was honored as the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2016 and its Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2008. For nearly fifteen years, he represented the brand. When a beloved character leaves a franchise, things usually get rough for everyone.
The loss of Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts in free agency bodes poorly for the Falcons’ upcoming season. Even if they improve from last season, when they won only seven games, that would be an unreasonable goal. Now that Marcus Mariota has taken over as quarterback, Atlanta may be eager to select a new franchise quarterback with a high draft pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
Kyle Pitts, Drake London, and A.J. Terrell are three of the promising young players on the roster. Fans of the Falcons will at least have that to look forward to this season, as the team is not expected to win very often. The Falcons were picked to finish last in Yahoo’s preseason power rankings by Frank Schwab. There is consensus amongst gamblers that Frank is correct. This season, Atlanta’s only realistic goal is to finish with the league’s worst record.
The Falcons are predicted to finish near the bottom.
It’s a mystery how they did it, but Atlanta managed to win seven games in 2017. Looking at their schedule more closely, it is clear that most of their victories came against the worst teams in the league, suggesting that their 7-10 record is actually an overstatement. The Falcons already had a bad 2022 season before they traded away their franchise quarterback in the offseason.
Forecasts put the Falcons’ win total at 4.5 this coming season. That’s the same as the Houston Texans, who have the same number of wins as the worst team in the league. There is a +350 chance that the Falcons will finish the regular season with the fewest wins in the league. The only team with better odds is Texas.
To make the playoffs this year, Atlanta is a +700 underdog. There is a chance that Atlanta will make the playoffs just over 12% of the time, according to those odds. The only team with worse odds to make the playoffs is the Texans.
The odds of the Falcons winning the NFC South are 28 to 1. Those odds are the worst of any team in the NFL, worse than the 25-1 on the Texans to win the AFC South and the 22-1 on the New York Jets to win the AFC East. Bettors are only putting 6% of their money on the Atlanta Falcons to win the division, and that’s despite the fact that the team has very favorable odds.
To finish last in their division, the Falcons are -275 favorites to do so this season. The Falcons have a +500 chance of losing all six of their division games this season, which includes matchups against the Buccaneers, Saints, and Panthers.
The Falcons have 250-to-1 odds of winning the Super Bowl, which is worse than only the Texans’ 501-to-1 odds. BetMGM’s Super Bowl futures market shows that the Falcons are the least-favored team. The Falcons have the worst odds in the NFC, 125 to 1, of any team making it to the Super Bowl. The odds for every other team are higher than 80 to 1.
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With a +225 odds, the Falcons are favored to lose their first four games of the season. The Falcons will open the season hosting the Saints before playing on the road against the Rams, then again against the Seahawks, and finally hosting the Browns at home.
The Atlanta Falcons have a +650 chance of scoring the fewest points in the league this season. After the Houston Texans and the Chicago Bears, those are the best odds in the NFL. Last season, even with Matt Ryan, the Atlanta Falcons scored only the seventh-fewest points.
Can a team really go winless in every game? Since the 2017 Browns, we haven’t seen a winless team. The Falcons are expected to have one of the worst records in the NFL this season, so there is a chance they could pull it off. At +900, you can bet that they will end with a losing record of 0-17.
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It’s worth noting that BetMGM offers player props for the entire season for every team, including the Atlanta Falcons. Choose from the following list of possibilities.
Having lost the starting quarterback job to Ryan Tannehill in Tennessee, Mariota has spent the last few seasons as Derek Carr’s backup and primarily serving as a gadget quarterback. He’ll get another shot at starting at quarterback in the NFL this season for the Atlanta Falcons. The odds of Mariota winning NFL Comeback Player of the Year are 20-to-1. These percentages are tied for eighth best with Michael Thomas and Allen Robinson.
To win the passing yards title this season, Mariota has odds of 66 to 1. In a tie for 25th place with Davis Mills and Zach Wilson, those are your odds. The odds of Mariota having the most passing touchdowns in the league are 100 to 1. Among likely starting quarterbacks, those odds are the third-worst, tied with those of Justin Fields and Mitch Trubisky.
Atlanta Falcons WR Drake London was the first overall pick in the 2022 draft. The odds of the ex-USC Trojan winning Offensive Rookie of the Year are 10 to 1. That’s tied for fourth best in the NFL with Chris Olave of the Saints and Skyy Moore of the Chiefs. London was the first wideout taken in the draft, but 12 other rookies are seeing more money on the betting boards than he is. London is receiving the same percentage of wagers as Giants running back Wan’Dale Robinson (1.7%). Bets on Jalen Tolbert, David Bell, and Romeo Doubs are more popular than those on London.
As a receiver, London has a 100-to-1 shot at leading the league in receiving yards. For him to finish first in receptions in the league, the odds are identical. Over/under total season receiving yardage and touchdowns for his rookie year are both set at 749.5.
For Kyle Pitts
Pitts played as well as any rookie tight end could have in his first season. Already, he ranks among the league’s elite at his position. With Calvin Ridley out for the season and London still finding his footing, Pitts is poised to become the offense’s primary threat. 50-1 odds say he won’t rack up the most receiving yards in the league. Those percentages put you in good company with players like JuJu Smith-Schuster and Amari Cooper at the 24th best in the league. Prior to this season, Pitts ranked 24th in total yards. Pitts had the 38th-most receptions among rookies that year. He has odds of 66-1 to finish first in the league in that category next year. Those percentages put you in a tie for 27th best with players like Jerry Jeudy and D.K. Metcalf.
Pitts had a disappointing rookie year, with only one touchdown reception and 68 catches for 1,026 yards. In terms of season-long projections, the oddsmakers currently have him at 69.5 receptions, 899.5 receiving yards, and 4.5 receiving touchdowns.
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The odds on third-round draft pick Desmond Ridder, a quarterback, winning Offensive Rookie of the Year are 25 to 1.
Over/under 2.5 interceptions is the prop for A.J. Terrell’s upcoming season after he recorded three in 2017.
The odds of Arthur Smith being named NFL Coach of the Year are 50 to 1. Weakest odds in the league, tied with Lovie Smith and Pete Carroll.
As perennial underdogs, the Falcons kick off the new season.
The Atlanta Falcons will kick off their 2022 campaign at home against a division foe in the New Orleans Saints. To kick off the season, the Falcons are 5.5-point underdogs at home. The Atlanta Falcons are +225 underdogs at the sportsbook.
Last year, these two teams played each other twice, with each team taking one victory. On the other hand, reports indicate that the Saints have improved while the Falcons have not.
This game has the lowest total of any Week 1 matchup, at 41.5 points.
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