After an underwhelming 2015 season where they finished with an 8-8 record, the Atlanta Falcons are looking to compete in the NFC South and give the Carolina Panthers a run for the division title. Last year, they began the season with a 5-0 start then slid, so will look to stay focused and keep players healthy and on the field in 2016. Head coach Dan Quinn is a defense first guy and placed the offseason emphasis on bolstering Atlanta’s both at the line and the secondary. Through the 2016 NFL Draft and free agency the Falcons now have some players to surround star corner Desmond Trufant. Their first round selection, University of Florida’s Keanu Neal is a strong safety who can run but also hit like a linebacker. Atlanta’s linebacking corps gained some speed with second-rounder Deion Jones, who will most likely step in at the weakside position since they cut veteran starter Justin Durant. The Falcons also added DE Derrick Shelby via free agency from the Miami Dolphins to fill a role either as under tackle or RDT depending on the package. On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Matt Ryan will look to continue his excellent chemistry
with star wideout Julio Jones and will also have a new weapon in Mohamed Sanu who inked a five-year deal with the team worth $32.5 million. Their run game was stellar in 2015 with breakout running back Devonta Freeman and Tevin Colman carrying the rock. If these two can remain healthy and improve upon last year’s numbers, this team will outscore opponents and reap the rewards in 2016.
Unfortunately, the road to the post season will not be an easy one for Atlanta in 2016 as they will face both the AFC West and NFC West- arguably two of the toughest divisions in the league. Plus they will collide with their own division rival and NFC Champion Carolina Panthers twice. With an improved defense and a healthy offense, this year’s roster has the ability to get through the gauntlet and compete for a 2016 playoff berth. Be sure to secure your Atlanta Falcons tickets for 2016 and catch all the on-field action live and in person all season long.