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How did the Atlanta Falcons team, players stack up against 2019 preseason odds?

We take a look at the Atlanta Falcons’ middle-of-the-road 2019 finish and where they go from here.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, left, celebrates with recover Julio Jones after they connected on a second half touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Preseason odds for NFL teams is a good way to look back to see expectations for the season and start to understand where things went wrong or right. Below, we will take a look at DraftKings Sportsbook’s preseason odds for win totals, division titles, player props and more while we discuss what led to their triumphs or disappointments.

Team Futures

Super Bowl: +3000
NFC South: +320 (finished second)
Win Total Over/Under: 8.5 (finished 7-9)

Player Props

Matt Ryan: Total passing yards, 4575.5 (finished with 4,446)
Matt Ryan: Total passing touchdowns, 32.5 (finished with 26)
Julio Jones: Total receiving yards, 1475.5 (finished with 1,394)
Julio Jones: Total receiving touchdowns, 8 (finished with 6)
Devonta Freeman: Total rushing yards, 840.5 (finished with 656)
Devonta Freeman: Total rushing touchdowns, 7.5 (finished with 2)

The Atlanta Falcons finished just short of expectations this year, and few expected them to look as bad as they did at times. A Week 3 defeat at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts marked the beginning of a six game losing streak. During that run, the Falcons looked like one of the worst defensive teams in football. But they were able to get their act together and finish the season respectably.

Matt Ryan didn’t have his best year, but he also didn’t fall off the face of the earth. He missed on his prop bets for total passing yards and total passing touchdowns but tied Jamies Winston for most games (11) with at least 300 passing yards. But despite all Atlanta’s talent, it was one of the worst teams in football when it came to scoring in the red zone. This weakness contributed to Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman falling short of their prop bets. The Falcons have plenty of talent on the offensive end, but the other side of the ball hurt them badly.

Signing Grady Jarrett to a massive deal solidified the Falcons’ defensive line, but they need edge rushers around him to make it complete. Atlanta finished 29th in sacks and recorded 28 in 2019. Its secondary also struggled, but the defensive unit as a whole made an impressive turnaround toward the end of the year. Consistency will be key for the Falcons moving forward. They have the tools to compete, but need good health on the defensive end, as well a few finishing pieces from the draft or free agency.

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