Why the Falcons are the NFL’s most underrated team
The Falcons have been the NFL most underrated franchise this season.
After going 0-3 and 0-4 during the regular season, the Falcons went 8-2 during the postseason and won their third straight division title.
It’s no coincidence that the Falcons were the only team to finish the regular-season with at least a 7-game winning streak in the postseason.
This is not to say the Falcons have played a bad football team.
The Falcons had some of the most explosive plays of the 2016 season.
The team was able to score points thanks to the play of a dynamic offensive line and the playmaking ability of running back Devonta Freeman.
The best part about the Falcons is they were able to beat the league’s worst defense.
The Atlanta defense allowed just five points per game in the regular and postseason, the second fewest in the NFL.
The defense also held opposing quarterbacks to a mere 1.5 yards per attempt.
This team is so good at executing, that it is hard to even count a defense as good as this.
The most important thing to remember is that the team has been great in spite of losing to teams that are a far cry from the Falcons.
They have been able to overcome injuries and a poor offense, while winning in the clutch.
Let’s take a look at why the Falcons really are underrated.
They are so good, they are better than anyone has been The most obvious reason to expect a team to be underrated is the amount of talent that the franchise has.
The 2016 Falcons are one of the league best teams.
They had one of this season’s best defenses, a unit that has won back-to-back division titles and a defense that is ranked third in the league.
It also has the NFL-best quarterback situation.
Matt Ryan has been one of only two quarterbacks in the past 30 years to average at least 3.2 yards per carry in each of his first two seasons.
The only other quarterback in NFL history to do that was Brett Favre in the 1990s.
Ryan is one of those players that makes it impossible for the other team to score a touchdown, and he has been unstoppable.
When the Falcons lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5 of the regular year, Ryan had over 200 yards passing, with six touchdowns, two interceptions, and a touchdown on the ground.
When they lost to Denver in Week 3 of the postseason, Ryan was 8-for-14 for 209 yards with three touchdowns, three interceptions, a touchdown rushing, and seven rushing scores.
Ryan’s touchdown total is the most by a quarterback in any game since 1983.
He has also been one step closer to matching Favre’s record of 3,621 passing yards.
Ryan also led the NFL in rushing for the fourth straight season, and the Falcons rushed for 1,037 yards in 2016.
They do not have a single quarterback that is a lock to be the next Peyton Manning The Falcons are also one of just three teams in the history of the NFL to have two quarterbacks with at most 1,000 career passing yards and two of those quarterbacks have played in the playoffs.
Matt Cassel was the first to accomplish this feat, with 1,944 yards in 2015.
He also became only the fourth quarterback in league history to record 300 career passing touchdowns.
The next closest other than Cassel is Eli Manning (2,914), who had 1,848 yards in his rookie season in 2009.
If the Falcons did not have two of these elite quarterbacks, they would be the only franchise in NFL History to have no active quarterback that was drafted.
The offensive line has been outstanding the past few years The offensive tackle position in the Falcons offense has been solid this season, but it has not been the dominant group that the Atlanta offensive line had last season.
That’s not to mention the wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs have been outstanding, but this group has not had an All-Pro season in the same time frame.
While Julio Jones and Devontae Booker have both had standout seasons, their contributions have been far more limited than they were in 2015 and 2016.
Julio Jones has been the best receiver on the Falcons, with 12 touchdowns, eight more than he had last year.
In 2016, Jones had 12 touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns, but he was the only receiver to catch more than five passes in a game.
While this season has been different for the Falcons offensive line, they have continued to be a threat to make big plays.
The unit has also made big plays in tight situations, and it is a unit which has been very efficient this season in terms of scoring points.
This has helped the Falcons become the most efficient offensive line in the entire NFL.
The franchise has a strong defensive front They might not be the best defensive unit in the game, but the Atlanta defense is the best.
The entire Atlanta defense, including the linebackers