No team may be more frustrated with the way their season ended than the Atlanta Falcons considering how close they were to representing the NFC in Super Bowl XLVII after blowing a 17-0 lead against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship. This past season marked the second time in three years the Falcons earned the No. 1 spot in the NFC and for that–it was good enough to earn them as one of the Super Bowl favorites heading into 2013.
Atlanta is currently listed as 18/1 odds to win next year’s Super Bowl XLVIII along with the New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers. Rounding out the top five include the Denver Broncos (7/1), New England Patriots (15/2), San Francisco 49ers (15/2), Green Bay Packers (10/1), and Baltimore Ravens (12/1).
Despite losing in the NFC Championship, the Falcons have to be pleased with the development of their wide receiver duo in Roddy White and Julio Jones on offense. White has proven to be one of the league’s top wide receivers for a couple of years now, but Jones is quickly moving his way up that list and could be in for his best season yet in 2013 now that he has two years of experience under his belt.
As long as Matt Ryan manages to stay healthy–there’s no reason why these odds shouldn’t increase throughout the regular season. Now that Atlanta has proven they have what it takes to win a playoff game, it’s time to see if they can get over the next hump in 2013–which would be reaching the Super Bowl.
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