Atlanta Falcons' Best, Worst Case Scenario For 2013 Season

By Brian Skinnell
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, the Atlanta Falcons came up just short of a Super Bowl berth. In 2013, are they primed and ready to bring Atlanta their first Super Bowl Championship? Let’s go worst-case, best-case for the Atlanta Falcons this season.

In four of the past five seasons, the Falcons have made it to the postseason. In three of those appearances, they were knocked out after the first game. In 2012, however, they made it all the way to the NFC Conference Championship game where they lost 28-24 to the San Francisco 49ers.

Year in and year out since drafting Matt Ryan in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft, the Falcons have been one of the league’s best offensive teams. This year, they are primed and ready to continue that success and even do better. In 2012, the team ranked 29th in rush yards per game. After adding former St. Louis Rams’ star Steven Jackson, they have the talent in place to improve on that.

The passing game will again rank in the top ten in the league. With Tony Gonzalez returning and Roddy White and Julio Jones flanking Matt Ryan, on paper they are the league’s most volatile passing team. They ranked 6th in 2012, and with Tony Gonzalez returning they have no reason not to rank that high again.

On defense, the Falcons ranked 23rd in passing yards allowed (242.4) and 21st in rush yards allowed (123.2). If they want to get over the hump and into the Super Bowl in 2013, the defense will have to tighten up. They added two key pieces in cornerback Desmond Trufant, whom the team drafted 22nd overall this past April, and former New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

For the Falcons this year, it’s surely playoffs or bust, as it is every year. A worst-case scenario, one that would imply that the season was a failure, would be them missing the playoffs. This team is just too talented to not get to the postseason.

Get excited, Falcons’ fans, because a best-case scenario is not just a Super Bowl berth but a Super Bowl victory. This team has what it takes to get the job done. Matt Ryan finally broke through his postseason curse last season and the Falcons are primed to go all the way this coming season.

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