This is the year of no excuses for the Atlanta Falcons. They have talent on an offense featuring Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Julio Jones. Now everything is being pointed at the defense. Will the Falcons’ explosive offense help the defense be more stable? I would lean towards maybe not.
The Falcons’ defense was ranked fifth in the NFL in points allowed at 18.7 points per-game. With the Falcons selecting young corners in the first two rounds in the 2013 NFL draft by taking Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, you would have to expect that they will see a lot of action in the regular season.
If the Falcons play those young corners frequently, they will be going up against Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick. Yeah, I don’t like the Falcons’ chances on defense. And that isn’t counting Cam Newton, who the Falcons have had trouble with in recent years. It’s really a role of the dice with this unit.
The Falcons have a pretty average defense. I think this season, their defense could be at their best when the offense is in control, and the defense capitalizes off of turnovers when they are ahead in a similar fashion the way the New Orleans Saints did on their way to winning it all in 2009. If you have a roster that you think is favorable almost every week, it might not hurt to select them, but I wouldn’t think about them otherwise.