The Atlanta Falcons have what it takes to make it back to the playoffs in 2020.
The 2020 NFL season is officially here for the Atlanta Falcons and the rest of the league. With the start of a new year, Atlanta and all of the other teams throughout the NFL will begin the year with the hopes of reaching the postseason and ultimately making a deep playoff run following the regular season.
This year is already a big one for Atlanta, which will 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 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.
By the end of the year, one of the predictions for the Falcons is that they will return to the playoffs, ending their two-year streak of failing to stretch their year beyond the 16-game regular season.
Before the season ultimately kicks off for Atlanta this weekend, here are three reasons why it will make a return to the playoffs and try and make a deep postseason run.