Falcons Already Enjoying An Early Schedule Advantage

A detail of the Atlanta Falcons logo is seen at the 50 yard line during their 2011 NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at the Georgia Dome on January 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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In the NFL, strength of schedule is important when fans and pundits predict a team’s win total during the upcoming season, much more so than in any other sport.

The Atlanta Falcons have struggled since losing Super Bowl LI, and they haven’t made the playoffs since the 2017 season, but 2023 could be the year they get back on track.

They had the good fortune of drafting University of Texas running back Bijn Robinson, and they also have wide receiver Drake London, who had a strong rookie season in 2022.

Furthermore, the Falcons will have the weakest schedule in terms of strength of their opponents.

Last season, they went 7-10 as quarterback Marcus Mariota lost the starting spot in favor of Desmond Ridder, a rookie, while a torn MCL limited Kyle Pitts to just 10 games.

Pitts was a Pro Bowler when he was a rookie in 2021, and posted 1,026 yards that year.

Atlanta also brought in Mack Hollins, a wide receiver who had 690 yards and four touchdowns last season with the Las Vegas Raiders.

The biggest concerns for them are the quarterback spot and their defense, as they finished 2022 only 23rd in points scored and 27th in total yards.

Fortunately for the Falcons, they play in a weak division, and although the New Orleans Saints look to be the best of a weak bunch in the NFC South, they may not be a lock to win the division, which will keep the window open for Riders and Drivers. Team.

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