How many games will the Atlanta Falcons win in 2020?
How many games will the Atlanta Falcons win in the 2020 NFL season? We look at BetMGM's projected win total and the Over/Under odds, while looking back at the 2019 season and key offseason roster changes.
Atlanta Falcons 2019 season
The Falcons struggled to stay competitive last season, essentially playing themselves out of a playoff spot in the first half of the year. They started 1-7 and despite winning their last four games, they still finished 7-9, which was second in the division.
The defense was especially weak, ranking 23rd in points allowed and 20th in yards. The offense tried to pull its weight with Matt Ryan at QB, but even the fifth-most yards in the league couldn't put the Falcons above .500.
Atlanta Falcons 2020 offseason changes
The Falcons made several changes this offseason, cutting RB Devonta Freeman and CB Desmond Trufant, as well as OT Ty Sambrailo. OLB Vic Beasley left in free agency, as did TE Austin Hooper.
Atlanta did sign OLB Dante Fowler Jr. as a free agent, as well as RB Todd Gurley after he was released by the Los Angeles Rams, bringing in two young playmakers. TE Hayden Hurst was acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens, mitigating the loss of Hooper.
Atlanta Falcons 2020 schedule
Week 1: vs. Seahawks
Week 2: at Cowboys
Week 3: vs. Bears
Week 4: at Packers
Week 5: vs. Panthers
Week 6: at Vikings
Week 7: vs. Lions
Week 8: at Panthers
Week 9: vs. Broncos
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: at Saints
Week 12: vs. Raiders
Week 13: vs. Saints
Week 14: at Chargers
Week 15: vs. Buccaneers
Week 16: at Chiefs
Week 17: at Buccaneers
Atlanta Falcons 2020 win total: Best bet
Projected wins: 7.5 / OVER: +100 / UNDER: -121
Although you could argue the Falcons got better this offseason, so too did the rest of the division. The Buccaneers added QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski, while the Saints remain the team to beat in the NFC South. The Panthers are undergoing a major rebuild, but Teddy Bridgewater is a capable quarterback, so they could surprise some people.
The Falcons will have trouble keeping up with the Saints and Buccaneers, and having to play four total games against them will be a challenge. Not to mention, the Chiefs, Vikings, Seahawks and Cowboys are also on the schedule for Atlanta.
I'd bet the UNDER 7.5 (-121) here because of the Falcons' tough schedule and the arrival of Brady in the division.
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