The 2011 Atlanta Falcons made it to the playoffs marking the second year in a row and the third year in the four seasons for head coach Mike Smith with the franchise. It was the first time in the Falcons history that they made the postseason in consecutive seasons. They compiled a regular season record of 10-6 which was good for a wildcard position in the playoffs and second place behind the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South division. In the playoffs they drew the New York Giants but had to travel and the Falcons laid a smelly egg as they were embarrassed in a 24-2 road defeat as a +3 point underdog. The Atlanta Falcons are 0-3 in the playoffs under Mike Smith with an average margin of defeat of 18 points per game.
The regular season win total for the 2012 Atlanta Falcons has been lined at 9 wins. In the betting the over 9 wins is favored by -165 odds with the take back on under 9 wins for the Falcons this season coming in at +135 odds. The Atlanta Falcons season win odds came courtesy of Oddsmaker sportsbook.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 61.3% of his passes a season ago for 4177 yards with 29 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The reason for Ryan’s 0-3 mark in the playoffs his is inability to make the deep throw in critical games despite the many weapons downfield in his arsenal. His completion percentage looks OK but he has not thrown for more than 200 yards in any one postseason game. The run game is solid with Michael Turner the featured back. Speedster Jacquizz Rodgers and veteran Jason Snelling will find carries in relief of Turner. Out wide they are talented with Julio Jones and Roddy White the team’s starting receivers. Tight end Tony Gonzalez is back despite his talk of retirement. Gonzalez though out his playing career has disappeared in playoff games. For all the hype he receives he has failed when it has counted the most. In a nutshell that is the definition of this team. They are filled with players on both sides of the ball good enough to taste the postseason but not good enough when the bar is raised to take their performance to the next level. Defensively they have been let down in the past with a passive secondary. With facing the AFC west this year and a history of good play at home the Falcons get over nine wins with our pick at the sports book.