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Atlanta Falcons 2010 NFL Predictions

Written by Matt Foust

Monday, 19 July 2010

2010 NFL Predictions

Atlanta Falcons 2010 NFL Predictions: Atlanta shocked the league in 2008 by jumping all the way from 4-12 the previous season to finish 11-5. The significant improvement led to a spot in the playoffs and speculation about the club's bright future. The Falcons scuttled those hopes, briefly anyway, after failing to qualify for the playoffs last season with a 9-7 record. 2010 NFL Predictions at SBGglobal.com are anticipating a possible 2010 turnaround as Atlanta's win total is set at 8.5 with the Over drawing -155 odds.

The Falcons had big hopes going into last season with quarterback Matt Ryan coming off a stellar rookie campaign in which Atlanta Falcons 2010 NFL Predictionshe led the team to an 11-5 record and playoff appearance. The team also added future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez in a trade with Kansas City, giving Ryan another weapon to utilize. However, the fresh faced Boston College product took a step back last year as his completions, passing yards, completion percentage, and passer rating all went down. Unfortunately, in the midst of all that decline, Ryan's fumbles and interceptions went up.

Ryan's digression was not the only issue for Atlanta as the running game, which ranked second in the league in 2008 at 152.7 yards per game, dropped to 15th at 117.3 yards per game. The Falcons offense was pedestrian as a result, ranking 16th in yards per game and 13th in scoring.

If Ryan progresses as projected, Atlanta should be a top 10 unit this season with running back Michael Turner, receivers Roddy White and Michael Jenkins as well as Gonzalez all back in the fold.

The Falcons defense was also a middle of the pack group, giving up an average of 348.9 yards and 20.3 points per game. The team had a great deal of difficulty against the pass as it gave up nearly 252 yards per game through the air, a plight aided by the fact that it managed just 28 sacks on the season. Things will improve this year with the addition of free agent cornerback Dunta Robinson as well as top draft pick, Sean Weatherspoon. Weatherspoon has the size, speed, and athleticism at linebacker to stand up to the run and man up on tight ends in pass coverage.

Atlanta Falcons 2010 NFL Predictions: 10-6, Second Place NFC South. Talented roster that should earn a Wild Card spot, but not the equal of the Saints, at least offensively. The Falcons also have a difficult schedule with non-division games against San Francisco, Arizona, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Green Bay, and Cincinnati.

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Eh 10-6 from a bunch of bookies I wouldn't dig much into. They failed to mention all the injuries we had and refuse to acknowledge that we had the eventual SB champions on the ropes both games last year. Good find though.

True ... but come on man ... its the off season and I am at least trying to get us something Falcons related.

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Atlanta Falcons 2010 NFL Predictions

The Falcons had big hopes going into last season with quarterback Matt Ryan coming off a stellar rookie campaign in which Atlanta Falcons 2010 NFL Predictionshe led the team to an 11-5 record and playoff appearance. The team also added future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez in a trade with Kansas City, giving Ryan another weapon to utilize. However, the fresh faced Boston College product took a step back last year as his completions, passing yards, completion percentage, and passer rating all went down. Unfortunately, in the midst of all that decline, Ryan's fumbles and interceptions went up.

Ryan's digression was not the only issue for Atlanta as the running game, which ranked second in the league in 2008 at 152.7 yards per game, dropped to 15th at 117.3 yards per game. The Falcons offense was pedestrian as a result, ranking 16th in yards per game and 13th in scoring.

This is deceptively negative.

Ryan went down in passer rating and completion percentage and interceptions - not in completions, scoring or passing yards. His fumbles went from 6 to 5 - although the lost fumble total went from 1 to 2 - so I guess that is debatable. If the offense went down in yards - it was not from Ryan. Scoring from Ryan also went up.

Let's look at the facts.

He played 13 games (not counting the 3 attempts for 15 yards in the Tampa game where he only took a few snaps - removed them from the numbers)

2911 Yds passing for 13 games in 2009 = 224 YARDS PER GAME (UP 9 Yds per game from 2008)

261 Completions for 13 games in 2009 = 20 COMPLETIONS PER GAME (Up 4 Completions per game from 2008)

22 Touchdowns for 13 games in 2009 = 1.7 TOUCHDOWNS PER GAME (Up .7 TDs per game from 2008)

132 Passing Touchdown Points for the year - excluding XP's = 10.2 Points per game (Up 4.2 points per game from 2008)

3440 Yds passing for 16 games in 2008 = 215 YARDS PER GAME

265 Completions for 16 games in 2008 = 16 COMPLETIONS PER GAME

16 Touchdowns for 16 games in 2008 = 1 TOUCHDOWN PER GAME

96 Passing Touchdown Points for the year - excluding XP's = 6 Points per game

Ryan's big problem was he missed 3 games from injury - played the last 3 hurt and he had a 5 game streak where he threw 10 interceptions - which destroyed his interception ratio and passer rating for the year. In the other 8 games - he only threw 4 total interceptions for the year - and in the last 5 games - he only threw 2.

I think people are not looking at the facts when they keep taunting his great "fall" from production in 2008. It is just not accurate at all.

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This is deceptively negative.

Ryan went down in passer rating and completion percentage and interceptions - not in completions, scoring or passing yards. His fumbles went from 6 to 5 - although the lost fumble total went from 1 to 2 - so I guess that is debatable. If the offense went down in yards - it was not from Ryan. Scoring from Ryan also went up.

Let's look at the facts.

He played 13 games (not counting the 3 attempts for 15 yards in the Tampa game where he only took a few snaps - removed them from the numbers)

2911 Yds passing for 13 games in 2009 = 224 YARDS PER GAME (UP 9 Yds per game from 2008)

261 Completions for 13 games in 2009 = 20 COMPLETIONS PER GAME (Up 4 Completions per game from 2008)

22 Touchdowns for 13 games in 2009 = 1.7 TOUCHDOWNS PER GAME (Up .7 TDs per game from 2008)

132 Passing Touchdown Points for the year - excluding XP's = 10.2 Points per game (Up 4.2 points per game from 2008)

3440 Yds passing for 16 games in 2008 = 215 YARDS PER GAME

265 Completions for 16 games in 2008 = 16 COMPLETIONS PER GAME

16 Touchdowns for 16 games in 2008 = 1 TOUCHDOWN PER GAME

96 Passing Touchdown Points for the year - excluding XP's = 6 Points per game

Ryan's big problem was he missed 3 games from injury - played the last 3 hurt and he had a 5 game streak where he threw 10 interceptions - which destroyed his interception ratio and passer rating for the year. In the other 8 games - he only threw 4 total interceptions for the year - and in the last 5 games - he only threw 2.

I think people are not looking at the facts when they keep taunting his great "fall" from production in 2008. It is just not accurate at all.

Good breakdown Tandy. I have been telling my friends all along that injuries had everything to do with us missing the playoffs..... that and a not being able to get off the field on 3rd down. Ryan will be a monster this year and I think 12-4 is reasonable.

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