Five bold predictions for the Atlanta Falcons in a critical 2020 NFL season.
On the doorstep of the start of the 2020 NFL season, the year is already a big one for the Atlanta Falcons. Going into the new year, Atlanta looks to get off to a fast start in an unusual season while erasing the disappointment of the last two years without playoff football.
After failing to reach the postseason in each of the last two seasons, the Falcons will hope to flip the switch and continue to improve in 2020 with the start of a fresh season and some new faces joining familiar staple players on both sides of the ball.
Mirroring the result in the 2018 season, the 2019 campaign a year ago resulted in Atlanta concluding the 16-game regular-season schedule with a record of 7-9 overall and being left out of the playoff field once again. That’s a record and a streak the Falcons will aim to change in 2020.
With that 7-9 record, which included the Falcons finishing the year strong with winning four straight and six of their last eight contests, Atlanta finished second in the NFC South standings behind the first-place and 2019 division champions New Orleans Saints, while tying the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for second and finishing just ahead of the Carolina Panthers at the bottom of the NFC South.
In 2020, the NFC South is suddenly super packed full of talent among the four teams after the Saints, Buccaneers and Panthers all added to their high-powered and potent offenses this offseason to go alongside Atlanta’s already-talented squad on offense.
New Orleans will continue to have a solid offensive group, while Tampa Bay added the likes of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski and Carolina signed former Vikings and Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to lead the offense alongside Christian McCaffrey.
Leading into the upcoming season, the Falcons look to add some new faces to the existing players on the team and will try and mesh right out of the gate to avoid an early-season collapse like in 2019.
Before the season ultimately kicks off, let’s dive into five bold predictions for Atlanta during the 2020 campaign.