Before the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks battle to open the 2020 NFL season on Sunday, here are three bold predictions for the Falcons.
Football is finally here for the Atlanta Falcons and the rest of the NFL with the start of the 2020 season on Sunday. For the Falcons, this season is already an important one as they try to end their playoff-less streak this year while attempting to get back to the postseason for the first time in a few seasons.
Atlanta will get a tough test right out of the game in the 2020 campaign on Sunday afternoon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta when it faces off against NFC opponent Seattle Seahawks on FOX.
The Falcons hope to kick off the year on the right foot while avoiding an early-season collapse like what occurred during the 2019 season while riding an extended losing streak in the first half of the year. That journey begins on Sunday afternoon in Week 1.
With a few different faces set to take the field for Atlanta both on offense and defense this year, the Falcons hope to get those pieces acclimated and used to how the units are run quickly while taking the field together for basically the first time with a lack of preseason games here in 2020.
The Falcons come into the new season after putting together an overall record of 7-9 a year ago, tying with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for second place in the NFC South behind only the New Orleans Saints atop the division standings. Atlanta, which recorded the same record for the second straight year, has missed the playoffs in each of the last two years.
On the other side of the field on Sunday, Atlanta will play host to a Seahawks team that finished the 2019 season with a record of 11-5 overall, which was good enough for second place in the NFC West while claiming one of the two NFC Wild Card spots to get into the playoffs. Seattle’s season came to a close in the NFC Divisional Round against the Green Bay Packers after advancing past the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card Round the week prior.
The game will feature a team in Atlanta that was a below-average team at home in Atlanta a season ago, finishing the 2019 campaign with a home record of just 2-6. Seattle, on the other hand, was a really dominant road team with a road record of 7-1 overall during the regular season.
Before the Falcons and Seahawks square off in the season opener on Sunday afternoon, let’s make three bold predictions that will take place for Atlanta in the game.