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Atlanta Falcons 2011 Super Bowl Predictions: The Atlanta Falcons will continue their return to prominence after posting a 9-7 record, going 3-3 in the division. They finished second in the NFC South behind the Super Bowl winning New Orleans Saints. The Falcons schedule is riddled with divisional opponents in the last half of the season so they'll have to get on track early to keep pace.

The Atlanta Falcons 2011 Super Bowl Odds have Atlanta at +2000 on the NFL Betting odds moneyline at Sportsbook.com

NFL Predictions Offense: The Falcons are set at the Quarterback position for years to come. The small flaws that Matt Ryan has to overcome, like small mechanics issues,are ones that iron themselves out with time. Running back Michael Turner is a quick and shifty runner whose compact body packs a powerful punch upon contact, but overuse caused him to miss 5 games in 2009. In order to preserve Turner, the Falcons' coaching staff is likely to spell him with powerful Jason Snelling and speedy Jerious Norwood from time to time. With wide reciever Roddy White, and tight end Tony Gonzales hauling in passes, it gives Ryan plenty of weapons to choose from. The 2010 Atlanta Falcons NFC South Odds to win the division is at +200 NFL Betting Odds.

NFL Predictions Defense: Coming into the 2010 season, it appears that the defensive backfield is an area of strength for this defense. Although middle linebacker Curtis Lofton was an anchor for the defense, outside linebackers Mike Peterson and Steven Nicholas struggled in both pass coverage and getting to the ball-carrier. To solidify the linebacking corps, the Falcons drafted Missouri outside linebacker Sean Witherspoon. The line is perhaps the biggest question mark on defense. Jonathan Babineaux constantly obtained solid penetration up the middle, led the team in sacks, and recorded more tackles for a loss than any other defensive tackle in the league in 2009. However, he faces the possibility of a four-game suspension under the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy after a December 2009 arrest for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Head Coach\Special Teams: The Falcons special teams play on kickoff coverage was solid: they had the fourth-highest average kickoff distance, and allowed the fifth-lowest average yards per kickoff return. On the other hand, their punting coverage could use some improvement. Their 42.5-yard average punting distance ranked in the bottom half of the league, and their average yards allowed per punt return was the fifth-highest in the NFL. In the return game, the Falcons were solid, with the ninth-highest average yards per punt return, and sixth-highest average yards per kickoff return. Coach Mike Smith will look to correct these area of interest and will lead the charge, but will have to make considerable improvements in every area to compete with the likes of the defensing champion New Orleans Saints. The Atlanta Falcons Win Total is at 9 with the over\under odds Even.

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