First off, some apologies are in order: I wrote but mis-scheduled the Super Bowl open thread for yesterday. I hope you all were able to find nooks and crannies of The Falcoholic to discuss that (extremely dull) game on, and next time the Super Bowl rolls around I hope to not be dealing with a partially flooded house.
But I digress. What we’re here to talk about, after the Patriots won and the Rams put together an extremely lousy performance, is what might be ahead for the Falcons. We’ll start with early Super Bowl odds for Super Bowl 54, which puts the Falcons neatly in the middle of the pack.
NFL Super Bowl LIV (2020) updated— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) February 4, 2019
LAR, NO, NE 8/1
LAC, Chi, Pit 14/1
Min, GB, Dal 16/1
Phi, Bal, Ind, Cle, Hou 20/1
Atl, Jax, NYG 40/1
Car, Ten, Den 60/1
TB, NYJ 80/1
Wsh, Det, Buf, Cin, Oak, Ari 100/1
Those 40/1 odds put the Falcons behind 16 other teams, including odd choices like Houston (which never gets over the hump), Green Bay (shaky roster with a brand new, unproven head coach), and Cleveland (pump the brakes a little, guys). But it’s also a fair enough placement for a team that was wildly disappointing in 2018, as they appear right next to the equally disappointing Jaguars.
The bottom line is that the Falcons, if healthy and able to improve, are probably one of the better teams in the NFL, and certainly a strong bet to be in playoff contention in 2019. There’s a lot of uncertainty around just how much better they’ll get, however, which leaves us to just hope they can beat the odds once more next season.