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ran across this article when I was looking to see who everyone was betting on for tonight.

http://www.sbrforum.com/nfl-football/free-picks/atlanta-falcons-2-5-over-overrated-chicago-bears-team-a-21155/

Atlanta Falcons -2.5 over an overrated Chicago Bears team

Wednesday, September 07, 2011 8:21 AM ET

By: Bobby Brooks | www.sbrforum.com

The Falcons came up embarrassingly short in 2010, but they come back this season more loaded than ever. Look for them to top the Bears in week 1.

Atlanta Falcons @ Chicago Bears: ATL -2.5

74% of the action are coming in on Atlanta and we've seen the line move accordingly. Most sportsbooks now have it at either -2.5 or -3. It appears as if I'm not the only one who views Chicago as the average team that they are. I won't be surprised if NFL betting lines favor Atlanta by a field goal across the board before kickoff.

Scoreboard for Sun, Sep 11Atlanta 0

Chicago 0

Game Chat

The offseason strategy for the Atlanta Falcons was very interesting. Instead of focusing on the defense in the draft, they decided to sell the farm for Julio Jones and make the offense more explosive.

In free agency, they managed to get Ray Edwards to team with Abraham on the D-line. They could have lost up to 3 O-linemen, but only lost Dahl. Almost all the boxes in the "needs" department have been checked. The only thing Atlanta need to do now is take the next step.

They should be able to get off to a good start against a very overrated Bears team. Right away they'll be able to give Chicago problems as they lineup against a scotch-taped O-line. Abraham, Edwards, Babineaux, and Jerry can all get to the quarterback.

This was a problem against the Packers in the 2010 players, but the addition of Edwards really opens things up for the rest of the line. This will be a major factor in the game all day long.

Jay Cutler now has Willaims to throw to and Barber in the backfield, but do either of these additions strike fear into anyone? They had huge problems controlling the clock and sustaining drives in 2010 and it's doubtful Martz is going to warp this group into the "greatest show on grass" in week 1 of the regular season. Grimes and Robinson are going to give Chicago's sub-par receiving corps all they can handle.

Forte is going to be very active as a check-down receiver and he’s their best chance to put points on the board. Last year they had the best starting field position in the NFL, but the new kickoff rule has thrown a wrench in that plan. Knox and/or Hester could see a return or two because Bryant hasn’t been driving the ball out of the end zone like most kickers, but depending on this as a consistent threat could be wishful thinking.

On the flip side, Chicago's secondary will have trouble matching up against White, Jones, and Douglas. Rookie WR Julio Jones has already shown us glimpses of his ability in the preseason and his presence is going to make life a whole lot easier for the other Atlanta weapons. Harry Douglas could benefit the most as he goes back to his natural slot position. He could emerge as an underrated threat in this offense. Gonzalez is the perfect safety valve for Ryan and Turner/Snelling can pound the rock to keep the defense honest.

The Bears are hoping that their horrible field could act as the great equalizer, but they’ll need more than an uneven playing surface and crazy divots to hang with the birds. Lay the points and roll with the odds favorite.

Prediction: Bank ATL -2.5.

I couldn't agree more :)

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ran across this article when I was looking to see who everyone was betting on for tonight.

http://www.sbrforum.com/nfl-football/free-picks/atlanta-falcons-2-5-over-overrated-chicago-bears-team-a-21155/

Atlanta Falcons -2.5 over an overrated Chicago Bears team

Wednesday, September 07, 2011 8:21 AM ET

By: Bobby Brooks | www.sbrforum.com

The Falcons came up embarrassingly short in 2010, but they come back this season more loaded than ever. Look for them to top the Bears in week 1.

Atlanta Falcons @ Chicago Bears: ATL -2.5

74% of the action are coming in on Atlanta and we've seen the line move accordingly. Most sportsbooks now have it at either -2.5 or -3. It appears as if I'm not the only one who views Chicago as the average team that they are. I won't be surprised if NFL betting lines favor Atlanta by a field goal across the board before kickoff.

Scoreboard for Sun, Sep 11Atlanta 0

Chicago 0

Game Chat

The offseason strategy for the Atlanta Falcons was very interesting. Instead of focusing on the defense in the draft, they decided to sell the farm for Julio Jones and make the offense more explosive.

In free agency, they managed to get Ray Edwards to team with Abraham on the D-line. They could have lost up to 3 O-linemen, but only lost Dahl. Almost all the boxes in the "needs" department have been checked. The only thing Atlanta need to do now is take the next step.

They should be able to get off to a good start against a very overrated Bears team. Right away they'll be able to give Chicago problems as they lineup against a scotch-taped O-line. Abraham, Edwards, Babineaux, and Jerry can all get to the quarterback.

This was a problem against the Packers in the 2010 players, but the addition of Edwards really opens things up for the rest of the line. This will be a major factor in the game all day long.

Jay Cutler now has Willaims to throw to and Barber in the backfield, but do either of these additions strike fear into anyone? They had huge problems controlling the clock and sustaining drives in 2010 and it's doubtful Martz is going to warp this group into the "greatest show on grass" in week 1 of the regular season. Grimes and Robinson are going to give Chicago's sub-par receiving corps all they can handle.

Forte is going to be very active as a check-down receiver and he’s their best chance to put points on the board. Last year they had the best starting field position in the NFL, but the new kickoff rule has thrown a wrench in that plan. Knox and/or Hester could see a return or two because Bryant hasn’t been driving the ball out of the end zone like most kickers, but depending on this as a consistent threat could be wishful thinking.

On the flip side, Chicago's secondary will have trouble matching up against White, Jones, and Douglas. Rookie WR Julio Jones has already shown us glimpses of his ability in the preseason and his presence is going to make life a whole lot easier for the other Atlanta weapons. Harry Douglas could benefit the most as he goes back to his natural slot position. He could emerge as an underrated threat in this offense. Gonzalez is the perfect safety valve for Ryan and Turner/Snelling can pound the rock to keep the defense honest.

The Bears are hoping that their horrible field could act as the great equalizer, but they’ll need more than an uneven playing surface and crazy divots to hang with the birds. Lay the points and roll with the odds favorite.

Prediction: Bank ATL -2.5.

I couldn't agree more :)

Me either

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