If you’re an Atlanta Falcons fan, you are probably quietly happy after Sunday’s defeat to the Seattle Seahawks. Trailing 14-3 at the break, Dan Quinn’s men showed plenty of resilience as they fought back – only to lose to a late Steven Hauschka field goal.
However, Matt Ryan and co will be more than satisfied with their day’s work ahead of a crucial clash with the San Diego Chargers in Week 7.
Matt Ryan defied the odds to lead the Falcons to the brink of victory before coming up short in the closing stages of the game. The Atlanta quarterback recorded over 300 passing yards and three touchdowns against one of the best defensive units in the NFL; a set of statistics that will send shockwaves across the league.
In recent weeks, the Falcons have emerged victorious against the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers; both of whom contested the Super Bowl in February.
After that defeat to Seattle, the Falcons are now 4-2 for the season but they are still firmly in control of the NFC South. The Panthers look nothing like the team that reached the Super Bowl last year and are currently bottom of the division; losing five of their opening six matches.
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The Ravens opened the Mornhinweg era with a 10-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a 23-yard field goal by kicker Justin Tucker. As they try to avoid losing three straight, they have significant players that are likely to be out for Sunday's game.
In fact, you could argue that the division is now Atlanta’s to lose – and we will see whether Matt Ryan can handle the pressure down the stretch.
At the time of writing, the Falcons are priced at 1/4 to win the NFC South title with leading sports betting platform Betway and it would be hard to back against Quinn’s side on current form.
Atlanta have scored more points than anybody else in the National Football League and their potent offense are capable both through the air and on the ground. Julio Jones is an elite wide receiver whilst the running back committee of Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman is tearing opposing defences to shreds.
Meanwhile, Atlanta are also making positive plays on defence too. They aren’t elite by any stretch of the imagination but Quinn’s “Legion of Boom” mentality is paying off. Watch this space; the Falcons could be set to dominate the NFC South for the next three or four years.The Seattle loss won’t affect Atlanta’s morale nor will it put Quinn’s men off their stride but it has hindered momentum slightly. Expect the Falcons to bounce back with a dominating performance against the struggling Chargers at home next weekend...