Falcons Super Bowl Odds
Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl Odds +135. The Atlanta Falcons have nearly put together the ultimate story-book season. It all begins and ends with that NFL MVP candidate Matt Ryan, his all world WR Julio Jones and 2 STUD running backs, Coleman and Freeman. The big question tomorrow is can Dan Quinn’s troops finish the deal?
11-5 NFC Champions / NFC South Champions
Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots
Date: Sunday February 5
Time: 6:30 PM
Venue: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Super Bowl 51 ATS Betting Lines: New England Patriots -3
Super Bowl 51 Moneyline Odds: Patriots -160, Falcons +135
Super Bowl 51 Betting Over / Under (Total): 58.5
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Enough talk! Let’s go! “To get to this game in this league, there’s a lot of things that have to fall right, but these two teams are playing extremely well.”
We have what promises to be a historic game as the best offense in the NFL takes on the league’s best defense in the biggest game of the year. In the past, history has favored defense in these circumstances, but the modern NFL is not the same as it once was, and we should not expect that to be the case this year.
In fact, the Falcons actually should be favored to win this game (and they would be were it not for the reputation of the almighty Patriots), and here are a few reasons why.
The NFL MVP
Sure, it hasn’t been made official yet, but there is no doubt that Matt Ryan should be the league’s Most Valuable Player this year. He had a terrific regular season, but it has actually been his postseason performance that has been the most impressive.
In each round of the playoffs, he has been dismissed as the inferior quarterback in the game. He outplayed Russell Wilson in every way in the Divisional Round, and we all know what happened in the NFC Championship Game.
In the 2016-17 playoff bracket that has included Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady, it has been Ryan who has clearly been the best quarterback of the postseason this year.
Jones has been absolutely unstoppable all year, particularly shining in the playoffs. Bill Belichick is known for taking away a team’s number one weapon, but Jones is a different animal. For example:
In the NFC Championship Game, the monster that is Jones fought through a hold, caught a tough quick slant, clocked a defender with a stiff-arm and outran the entire Green Bay defense on the way to a 73-yard touchdown. That one play was the perfect showcase of Jones’s impact on the game, and it is tough to stop something like that, no matter the defensive scheme.
The ATL Pass Rush
Tom Brady has famously lost two Super Bowls to New York Giants. In each of those games, it was the relentless pass rush of the Giants that continued to throw Brady off his spot and off his game, allowing them to dictate the game. This was not just because they Giants had a talented front four or because they blitzed continuously.
The reason they were able to do this consistently was through the constant rotation of talented pass rushers all game long. The Atlanta Falcons have a very similar philosophy as well as the NFL leader in sacks in Vic Beasley.
Running Back Duo
Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the Falcons’ passing attack continues to get most of the glory and attention, as is common in our pass-happy modern era. Because of this and the fact that they do not have a league-leading, workhorse style running back, the Atlanta running game is often overlooked. However, the lethal combination of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman may have been the biggest key to the Atlanta’s success on offense this year.
They combined for 2,482 yards from scrimmage during the regular season and allow the Falcons to dictate the pace of the game.
There is little that will motivate a team more than perceived disrespect. The Falcons realize that they are the underdogs, that they are facing two giants in Brady and Belichick, that they have not even been to a Super Bowl in 19 years, etc. They realize all of these things, and this will motivate them to a point beyond anything the Patriots could hope to manufacture. It took several years, but the Dirty Birds are back for revenge on the football world.
It took several years, but the Dirty Birds are back for revenge on the football world.
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