Atlanta Falcons 2010 NFL Football Future Lines

Quick article by Lawrence Paul detailing the Atlanta Falcons 2010 Season win total odds for over under nfl betting futures…

Atlanta Falcons Betting Odds – NFL Football Future Lines

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Let’s take a look at the numbers:

Last season – 9-7 SU, 11-5 ATS
Projection this season – 10-6 (second in NFC South)

The Falcons started last season well and finished with three straight victories, but in between it was a real mess. Three times last season Atlanta suffered back-to-back losses as the team took a step back – especially on offense – from the 2008 11-5 playoff season.

The question now is – have the Falcons done enough to close the gap between themselves and the Saints in the South to once again be considered one of the top teams in the NFC?

Well, they have basically done nothing, and yes that may be enough. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

Triggerman Matt Ryan was not quite the surprise he was as rookie, but his numbers were pretty much in the ballpark, and he just needs to cut down a bit on interceptions (14 last season, in 14 games) and stay healthy. Power running back Michael Turner has taken off some weight, and the receivers, led by Roddy White and tight end Tony Gonzalez, should move the chains.

Scoring points shouldn’t be much of a concern.

The real training camp repair work needs to be done in the secondary. Teams that rank 28th against the pass, as the Falcons did last season, simply do not make serious runs at the playoffs. Part of the problem is that the Falcon defensive line was rarely able to collapse the pocket, and the DBs were left on islands way too much.

Still, the team’s best pass-rusher, John Abraham, fell from 16 sacks the year before to 5 last season, and not much was done in the off-season to help him.

The secondary did get a boost when Atlanta picked up CB Dunta Robinson from the Texans, but coach Mike Smith has opened up the rest of the back line defense to training camp competition. The linebacking corps got a huge lift when the team used its first-round pick on Sean Weatherspoon, and with Curtis Lofton and Mike Peterson returning, that should be a strength.

THE WAY IT LOOKS NOW – The Falcons were a mediocre (3-5) road team last season, and with 4 of the first 6 away from home this season, that has to turn around fast. Atlanta was also only .500 in the division last season. That also has to improve.

There is some thought that New Orleans was a one-hit wonder last season, and if that’s anywhere close to being true, the South will be wide open for the Falcons to make a run at the division.

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Lawrence Paul is a regular contributor to the Cappers Picks Blog, and is a free-lance gambling and travel writer from Massachusetts.

By Lawrence Paul

Lawrence Paul is back in the saddle as a regular contributor to the Cappers Picks Blog. He's got an AMAZING knack for predicting when a team will have a letdown! Stick with our resident gambling experts sports betting tips all season long!