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|Colours:||Black, red, silver & white|
|Hall of Famers:||William Andrews, Steve Bartkowski, Tommy Nobis, Jessie Tuggle, Jeff Van Note, Mike Kenn, Claude Humphrey, Deion Sanders, Gerald Riggs|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||None|
|Rivals:||New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers & Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Legends:||Tommy Nobis, Jeff Van Not, Steve Bartkowski, William Andrews , Deion Sanders, Alfred Jenkins , Micheal Vick, Jessie Tuggle , Mike Kenn & Gerald Riggs|
|Super Bowl Championships:||0|
|Conference Championships:||2: 1998 & 2016|
The Atlanta Falcons were founded in 1965 as an expansion side for the NFL and became the 15th team to join the league in the process. The Falcons made their NFL debut during the1966 season and it was one to forget as they finished their inaugural season with a 3-11 record.
Despite only winning three games for the season one of the main highlights was when they got their first win defeating the New York Jets 27-16, at the historic Yankee Stadium. Even though the team won three games, surprisingly they didn’t finish last in the NFL East standings, as inaugural coach Norb Hecker’s side became the only expansion team to not finish bottom in their first year, as the New York Jets finished last with one win.
The Falcons kicked off the 70s era with one of their winning seasons in 1971 with a 7-6-1 record, but despite having one of their best seasons, it still wasn’t enough to make the playoffs that year. It was deja vu in 1973 as the same scenario happened when they had an even better record winning nine games.
Things started to turn in 1975 when they received pick No. 1 in the NFL draft as they chose quarterback Bart Kowski, he proved to be instrumental for the team in the next few years especially in 1978 where the Falcons fortunes began to change.
By 1977 with an ordinary offence head coach Leeman Bennett chose to focus on defence, and it proved to be one of the tightest in the NFL as they only conceded 129 points in 14 games (averaging 9.2 points a game), which was referred to as the “Grits Blitz”.
The Falcons made the playoffs for the first time a year later after having a 9-7 record, and the former number one pick Kowski was influential in the NFC Wildcard play off game between Philadelphia, where he led the team to their first ever playoff victory. It all came to an abrupt end a week later when they faced Dallas, despite leading 20-13 at half time, the Falcons crashed out.
The 80s began in a winning fashion as they finished the season with a 12-4 record and more importantly clinched their maiden NFC Western Division title. They couldn’t contain the momentum the week later, as they were knocked out in the Divisional Playoff game against Dallas 30-27, despite leading 27-17 at half time.
The 90s brought a range of mixed emotions as they made the playoffs three times in 1991, 1995 and 1998, however, for most of the decade they would miss the playoffs and had an equal worst season in 1996 where they tied with the most losses as they finished the season with a 3-13 record.
The year 1998 sparked joy as they appeared in their first ever Super Bowl after a dominant 14-2 record, which saw RB Jamal Anderson set up a team record with 1,846 yards on the way to the NFL biggest show after they defeated Minnesota in a Championship game.
Making the Super Bowl XXXIII sparked joy for the fans and for the city, but it was the only thing they were excited about as they were left in despair after the game as the Falcons went down to Denver Broncos 34-19. The 2000s saw a range of mixed emotions just like the decade earlier as they made the playoffs three times in 2002, 2004 and 2008.
The Falcons struck gold in 2001, where they selected quarterback Michael Vick with the No. 1 pick in the draft. Throughout Vick’s Falcons career he made 74 appearances (from 2001 to 2006) and had 930 passes completed.
After seeing limited action in his debut against the San Francisco 49ers, Vick quickly reminded everyone why he was the number one draft pick as in the final game of the season as he acquired 234 yards of Atlanta’s 285 in the 13-31 defeat to the St Louis Rams.
He again wrote his name in lights the next year as he sparked the Falcons to 7-0-1 unbeaten eight game streak, as well as rushing 173 yards in an overtime game against Minnesota- the most by a quarterback in that same game he ran 46 yards for a touchdown-the longest run by a Falcons quarterback as well as earring himself a Pro Bowl selection.
2004 saw an aggressive approach by new coach Jim Mora who led the team to an equal best start of the season to end it on an 11-5record. Mora’s aggressive offense and defence style was evident as they led the NFL in rushing with 2,672 yards.
Their hostile approach was on show in the Divisional playoff game where they smashed St Louis Rams 47-17 as they rushed 327 yards, any hopes and dreams of returning to the Super Bowl came crashing down in the NFC Championship game where they went down to Philadelphia 27-10. It was another four years before the Falcons returned to the playoffs this time with Mike Smith in charge.
Despite the Falcons falling to the Arizona Cardinals in the wildcard playoffs, it was still a good season as Smith’s Falcons overcame a disappointing 2007 in which they won four games, to win 11 games in 2008, earning himself Associated Press Coach of the Year, and NFL Coach of the Year.
That same year saw the NFL world take their first look at quarterback Matt Ryan who was also named Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year and NFL Rookie of the Year. After taking over the reigns in 2008, Mike Smith ended his Falcons stint in 2014, when they announced Dan Quinn to take the helm in 2015.
Quinn has so far had a successful tenure leading the team to a NFC Championship in 2016, as well as taking them to the Super Bowl, in the 2016-17 season, where they infamously lost to the New England Patriots in overtime after holding a 28-3 lead.
Since then the Falcons have finished second in the NFC South with a 7-9 record in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons before dropping off completely in 2020, struggling on defense and ending with just a 4-12 record, worst in the division.
2021 felt like a weird transition into a rebuild for the Falcons as they finished with a record of 7-10 and third in the NFC South.
If you are a fan of the Atlanta Falcons, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2022-23 season. Do the Atlanta Falcons have the star power to make it all the way to the playoffs and win the Super Bowl in 2023?
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Arthur Smith will be entering his second season as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and in his first season he posted a losing record of seven wins and 10 losses. However, it’s hard to put too much of the blame on him as that was a team surrounded with controversy with a quarterback who is desperately in need of a fresh start, and they played in a tough NFC South division. In year number two he will be looking for improvement as they will look to do something they have yet to do under him and that is string back to back victories together.
The Atlanta Falcons offense is going to have a new look this season as for the first time in nearly 2 decades Matt Ryan is not going to be under center for this team. They will also be without starwide receiver Calvin Ridley after his year long suspension for gambling on games during his absence last season. While they did draft Desmond Ritter in the 2022 draft it is likely that Marcus Mariota is going to start under center for Atlanta for the majority of the year. Kyle Pitts will surely be his go to target as the big tight end is a match up nightmare for any NFL defense. While it’ll likely be Cordell Patterson who gets most of the attention at the wide receiver spot.
The defense is going to be led by Grady Jarrett and Troy Anderson as they will look to improve as a unit after finishing as one of the worst defenses in the National Football League last season. They gave up at least 30 points in virtually every game they played last season and it was a big reason why this team was unsuccessful in stringing several wins together and being competitive throughout the year. This is the major key for this Falcons team as they believe they have the offense figure it out and they will need the defense to step up and produce for them as well.
The opening line for the win total for the Atlanta Falcons in 2022 is set at five victories on the season. You can get pretty solid odds if you’d like to bet the over as it is set at +120 while the under is set -140 to open up the year. They are currently sitting at +2500 to bring home the NFC South division title.
While they’re odds to win the NFC in its entirety are currently sitting at +6000 and their odds to win the Lombardi trophy currently sits at +12500. That puts them towards the bottom of the league in terms of favorites to bring home a title whether it be a division, conference, or Super Bowl title.
The Falcons are not favored in any of their games this season and in most of them they are a two possession underdog at least. This is certainly a team that has the potential to perform well but they are not expected to perform well at all.
They could easily have a high powered offense if Kyle Pitts and Cordelle Patterson can retain their form from last season, but it’s going to depend on how Marcus Mariota makes the adjustment to being the new starting quarterback in Atlanta.
They open with a very difficult seven game stretch as they host the New Orleans Saints, go to Los Angeles and Seattle, host Cleveland, head to Tampa Bay, host San Francisco and head to Cincinnati as well. If their defensive line can produce they can certainly be a bit more competitive to open up the season, but it will certainly be a gauntlet of top teams to go through.
They won’t have much depth to their roster which could be a huge problem for them as well. It is fair to say they have more issues than positives and it is reflected in their expected win total and odds to bring home titles this season.
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Where do the Atlanta Falcons play?
The Atlanta Falcons play their home games at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Who owns the Atlanta Falcons?
Arthur Blank owns the Atlanta Falcons.
Have the Atlanta Falcons won an NFL Super Bowl?
The Atlanta Falcons have never won the Super Bowl.
Who is the Atlanta Falcons coach?
Arthur Smith signed to be the Atlanta Falcon’s head coach in the 2021 offseason after being the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator for two seasons.
Do the Atlanta Falcons play tonight?
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What is the Atlanta Falcons record?
The Atlanta Falcons finished the 2021 season with a 7-10 record, third in the NFC South.
Did the Atlanta Falcons win last night?
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How much is the Atlanta Falcons worth?
According to Forbes magazine, the Atlanta Falcons are worth $3.2 billion.
Who do the Atlanta Falcons play tonight?
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How to watch the Atlanta Falcons?
You can watch the Atlanta Falcons on CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, Direct TV NFL Sunday Ticket and Atlantafalcons.com. On demand you can watch the games on CBS All Access, FOX Sports app, NBC Sports app, ESPN, Amazon Prime Video, NFL Mobile app, NFL Sunday Ticket, DIRECT TV NFL Sunday Ticket, NFL Game Pass, Yahoo Sports App, NFL Mobile app and Falcons app.
Will the Atlanta Falcons make the playoffs this year?
The Atlanta Falcons did not make the playoffs this year after finishing with a 7-10 record.
When do the Atlanta Falcons play?
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When is the next Atlanta Falcons game?
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Where did the Atlanta Falcons finish the season?
The Atlanta Falcons finished third in the NFC South and also missed the playoffs in the NFC.
How many games did the Atlanta Falcons win?
The Atlanta Falcons won seven games in the 2021 NFL season.
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