In a make or break year for Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn, Las Vegas doesn’t believe they did enough this offseason to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2017. It also doesn’t help that they have — on paper — possibly the toughest schedule in the NFL. Because of that, Vegas only has the Falcons favored in six games, and underdogs in ten. Their doubts begin in Week 1, as they have the Seattle Seahawks as a one-point favorite over the Falcons in Atlanta — according to BetOnline.
The Falcons travel to Dallas in Week 2 and are currently a touchdown underdog at Jerry World. They are finally favored in a home contest against Chicago in Week 3. Albeit, not by much, as Vegas only spotted the Bears a point. The Falcons are also favored against the Panthers twice, the Raiders, Broncos, and Lions — all by less than a touchdown. In the rest of their games, they are underdogs, with their biggest obstacle being the Chiefs in Week 16, who Vegas currently has as a 10 1/2 point favorite over Atlanta.
The handicappers also don’t believe much in the Falcons chances of winning the NFC South for the first time since 2016, giving them 12-1 odds. That shouldn’t come as much of a shock, given Tom Brady is now in the division alongside Drew Brees. However, those are some pretty generous odds to give a team with as much talent as the Falcons. It is almost as if Vegas is begging bettors to place their money on Matt Ryan and company.
As far as the Falcons over/under of wins for 2020, it is set at 7.5. That seems a bit low, but judging by the number of games Atlanta is seen as an underdog in, it might actually be a little high. The Falcons have finished 7-9 the last two seasons and are now rewarded with one of the league’s most challenging schedules. As a betting man, I’m staying away from all bets involving Atlanta, as they are often way too unpredictable, which makes them too much of a gamble.