The Atlanta Falcons are Georgia’s only NFL team and despite never winning a Super Bowl, the Falcons have a rabid fan base and attract a ton of action in the sports betting world.
This article is going to dive into this year’s Atlanta Falcons, the recent changes they’ve made to their roster, and how they’re likely to fair in the NFC South this coming season. Keep reading for detailed information, including:
- Betting tips and strategies for how to win more bets on the Falcons.
- A brief summary of the Falcon’s history and major accomplishments.
- Team stats and information that stretches from who the owner is, to team value, location and more.
Atlanta Falcons Team History
The Atlanta Falcons were founded in 1965 as an NFL expansion team. Atlanta businessman and philanthropist Rankin Smith was offered the chance to start a team in the NFL to stop him from founding a team in the competing American Football League.
Since then the Falcons have won two NFC championships, six divisional titles and appeared in the playoffs 14 times. The Falcons were defeated in both Super Bowls they’ve played in, losing to John Elway’s Broncos in 1998 and Tom Brady’s Patriots in 2016.
The Falcons’ best season was in 2016, when they won the NFC Championship, put up a franchise record 540 points, and saw Matt Ryan voted in as the league’s MVP. The franchise’s most recognizable players include Julio Jones, Deion Sanders, Tony Gonzalez, and Matt Ryan.
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How much are the Atlanta Falcons worth?
During the 2017 season, the Falcons organization generated $451 million in revenue and Forbes estimates the business to be worth $2.6 billion.
Who owns the Atlanta Falcons?
The Falcons are owned by Arthur Blank.
When did the Atlanta Falcons become a team?
The organization played its first season in 1966.
Have the Atlanta Falcons Won a Super Bowl?
No, the team has not won a Super Bowl although they recently came excruciating close in 2017 at Super Bowl LI when they held a 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots only to lose the lead in the second half and lose the game in overtime.
What stadium and city do the Atlanta Falcons play in?
Since 2017, the Falcons have played at the Mercedes Benz Stadium, located in downtown Atlanta.
Where do the Falcons have training camp?
The club holds training camp at Flowery Branch Training Facility, located in Flowery Branch, Georgia.
What is the Atlanta Falcons mascot?
Freddie Falcon is the official mascot of the Atlanta Falcons.
What are the Atlanta Falcons team colors?
The Falcons wear red, black, silver, and white.
Atlanta Falcons Player Highlights
|All-Time Team Leaders|
|Games played||Mike Kenn|
|Passing Yards||Matt Ryan||46,720|
|Passing TDs||Matt Ryan||295|
|Receiving Yards||Roddy White||10,863|
|Receiving TDs||Roddy White||63|
|Rushing Yards||Gerald Riggs||6,631|
|Rushing TDs||Michael Turner||60|
|Points Scored (Kicker)||Matt Bryant||1,112|
Tips for Betting on Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons entered the 2018 season with big Super Bowl aspirations but struggled out of the gate and finished the year with a disappointing 7-9 record. They were notoriously streaky last season, posting two three-game winning streaks and two three-game losing streaks.
Former MVP Matt Ryan started every game for the Falcons and led the dirty birds to a top 10 scoring offense (25.1 ppg). The defense was by far the biggest weakness for Atlanta, as they finished towards the bottom of the league in both points and yards per game.
The Falcons head into the 2019 season looking very similar to the way they did a year ago and will lean heavily on an offense led by Ryan, WR Julio Jones, and RB Devonta Freeman. Head Coach Dan Quinn could be in the hot seat if the Falcons fall out of contention in the always-competitive NFC South.
In terms of betting stats, the Falcons were the league’s worst team vs. the spread last season, going 5-11. Their Over percentage was above league average, although they rattled off an impressive five overs in a row between weeks 2-6 and only hit the Over three times during the last half of the season.
Matt Ryan is coming of a 35 touchdown season, which was good for 3rd place in the entire league, while Julio Jones lead the NFL in receiving with 1,677 yards. Ryan and Jones are consistently among the top producers at their position year over year, however the Falcons offense has a tendency to bog down in the red zone, complicating matters when it comes to covering spreads and hitting overs.
Here are some key numbers for bettors to focus on heading into 2019:
- The Falcons were the league’s worst team vs. the spread last season, going 5-11, finishing the year with an abysmal 31.2 cover percentage.
- The Falcons were above average when it came to hitting overs last season, ending the year with a 56.2 over percentage and 43.8 percentage on unders.
- During the offseason, the Falcons hired Dirk Koetter as their new offensive coordinator, replacing former OC Steve Sarkisian. Koetter was the Falcons OC from 2012-2014, when the team averaged 363.5 yards per game, 277.2 passing yards per game, and 24.0 points per game.
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The Falcons are looking to get back on track after a rough 2018 season. With one of the league’s most explosive offenses and a former MVP under center, the Falcons are aiming to win the NFC South for the first time since 2016.
If you live in a state where sports betting is already legal, use the tips on this page to start betting on the Atlanta Falcons now. If you’re a local Falcons fan, check out our guide to legal sports betting in Georgia for the latest developments.