Vegas opened the Falcons win total for the 2019 season at nine wins for a price of -110. Some places also offered the Falcons over/under at 8.5 wins with a more expensive price tag of -125. Regardless of which book you prefer, the odds didn’t change much following the draft.
Atlanta spent their entire offseason bolstering the offensive line. Even more meaningful are the returns of their injured stars on both sides of the ball. Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen, Deion Jones, and Devonta Freeman, to name a few, will be back at full strength come 2019. That along with the development of their younger players should allow this group to jump right back into the Super Bowl conversation.
Depending on where you look, the Falcons Super Bowl odds either stood pat or decreased ever so slightly. 5Dimes had the Falcons at 35/1 to take home their first Lombardi Trophy and now have them at 36/1. The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook had the Falcons at 30/1 before the draft and still have them at 30/1 post-draft.
Those odds are the second best in the NFC South but are well behind the Saints, who currently sit at 8/1. The Panthers follow the Falcons at 60/1, and the Bucs sit at 80/1.
The Falcons addressed their offensive line, which was horrid a year ago. When Matt Ryan has time, Atlanta has had an elite offense. What is holding them back from being viewed as justifiable contenders like the Saints is their defense. The Falcons spent very little of their resources patching up a unit that finished in the bottom third of nearly every defensive category. Instead, they are relying strictly on the returns of their defensive stars and internal development to inch their way back towards the middle of the pack.
Vegas isn’t buying it yet.