Nothing was expected of Atlanta in 2008 as they went 11-5 straight up and 9-7 against the online betting number. Atlanta could be just as good in 2009.
Football odds should be interesting on Atlanta this season as the team made a huge off-season splash getting tight end Tony Gonzalez from Kansas City. They also added linebacker Mike Peterson and center Jeremy Newberry. They did lose linebacker Keith Brooking but overall the Falcons made a lot of nice off-season moves including the drafting of defensive tackle Peria Jerry.
Matt Ryan had a very good rookie season for the Falcons, throwing for over 3,400 yards as online betting statistics showed. Running back Michael Turner was superb, running for 1,699 yards and 17 touchdowns. Atlanta’s offense was 10th in the league in points scored as football odds stats show. Atlanta should be stronger on offense in 2009 with the addition of Gonzalez. Atlanta has some nice weapons for Ryan including receivers Roddy White and Michael Jenkins who can impact football odds. Overall the Atlanta offense is very well balanced and Ryan should only get better with another year of experience. The Falcons are a very dangerous offensive team.
Atlanta’s defense was solid in 2008 as they were 11th in the league in points allowed as football odds numbers showed. Keeping John Abraham healthy was a big key as he had 16.5 sacks for the season. Atlanta’s defense could slip some without team leader Keith Brooking. Losing cornerback Domonique Foxworth and linebacker Mike Boley doesn’t help either. Draft picks Peria Jerry and William Moore should help though and getting Mike Peterson was big. The Falcons were 11th in the league in points allowed but only 24th in total yards allowed so a lot of things went right for them in 2008. That might not happen as much on defense in 2009 but head coach Mike Smith is a good defensive coach so the numbers might not slip too much.
Atlanta is considered a darkhorse candidate in football odds to win Super Bowl XLIV. The Falcons are listed at 20-1 at the online sportsbook. The Falcons definitely won’t go under the radar in 2009 in football odds but they have a lot of talent and can definitely be a factor in the NFC again in 2009.