- Super Bowl Championships: 0
- Last Super Bowl Appearance: Super Bowl 51
- Claim to Fame: Play their home games in the most expensive stadium (to build) that’s currently open in the NFL
- Claim to Shame: Were on the wrong side of the largest comeback in Super Bowl history in SB51
The city of Atlanta began falling in love with football when the American Football League held two preseason games in their city in 1962. Three years later, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle granted Atlanta their own franchise.
The early years of football were not kind to the dirty birds, but good things take time. The franchise began to turn in the late 80s when they drafted Deion Sanders, who brought national attention to an afterthought franchise.
The Falcons would finally break through and “Dirty Bird” their way to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1999. Unfortunately, John Elway and the Denver Broncos proved too much for Atlanta, as they lost 34-19.
This Super Bowl defeat was at least easier to swallow than their next trip, which came in Super Bowl 51 against the New England Patriots.
Fast forward to today, the Falcons have one of the scarrier offenses in the NFL and a defense that stands to improve if it can stay healthy. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and his staff have done an extraordinary job of building through the draft.
Not only have they struck gold with their first-round picks for the last seven years, they have also found remarkable value in the middle rounds (Devonta Freeman, Grady Jarrett, Robert Alford, and Deion Jones among others).
Atlanta is coming off an ugly 7-9 season, though, one in which they allowed 26.5 points per game. Several key defensive players missed huge chunks of time, including Deion Jones, Keanu Neal, and Ricardo Allen. If the team has better injury luck, the defense should at least be average, and that just may be good enough for a Matt Ryan/Julio Jones-led offense to get back into the NFC playoffs.
|Passing YPG Allowed||23||261.1|
|Rushing YPG Allowed||21||118.4|
|Kurt Benkert||Toe||IR||Benkert has a toe injury and is on the injured reserve list. Lasted Updated: 08/06/2019|
|Michael Bennett||Ankle||IR||Bennett suffered a broken ankle and has been placed on the injured reserve list. Lasted Updated: 07/28/2019|
|Matt Bosher||Groin||IR||Bosher is on injured reserve due to a groin injury and is without a timetable for return. Lasted Updated: 10/05/2019|
|Jamon Brown||Foot||questionable||Brown has a foot injury, and it is unclear if he will play Sunday against the Saints. Lasted Updated: 11/06/2019|
|James Carpenter||Knee||questionable||Carpenter missed the last game while dealing with a knee injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Saints on Sunday. Lasted Updated: 11/05/2019|
|John Cominsky||Ankle||questionable||Cominsky exited the last contest after spraining his ankle. It is unknown if he will be ready to return for Sunday's clash against the Saints. Lasted Updated: 11/05/2019|
|Johnathan Cyprien||Foot||IR||Cyprien suffered a foot injury and has been placed on injured reserve. There is no timetable for return. Lasted Updated: 10/08/2019|
|Matt Gono||Back||out||Gono is sidelined due to an injured back, and it is unclear when he will make his season debut. Lasted Updated: 10/09/2019|
|Jaeden Graham||Knee||questionable||Graham is dealing with a knee injury, and it is unknown if he will face the Saints on Sunday. Lasted Updated: 11/06/2019|
|Ra'Shede Hageman||Hamstring||IR||Hageman is on injured reserve due to hamstring injury and neck injuries. Lasted Updated: 09/17/2019|
|Chris Lindstrom||Foot||IR||Lindstrom has been designated for the injured reserve list due to a broken foot and is expected to miss an extended period. Lasted Updated: 09/09/2019|
|Steven Means||Achilles||IR||Means is on the injured reserve list with a torn Achilles. Lasted Updated: 05/23/2019|
|Keanu Neal||Achilles||IR||Neal has been placed on injured reserve due to a torn Achilles. Lasted Updated: 09/24/2019|
|Matt Ryan||Ankle||probable||Ryan missed the last game with a right ankle sprain, but he is expected to be available for Sunday's battle versus the Saints. Lasted Updated: 11/05/2019|
|Wes Schweitzer||Head||questionable||Schweitzer is nursing a head injury, and it is uncertain if he will line up Sunday against the Saints. Lasted Updated: 11/06/2019|
|Matt Simms||Undisclosed||IR||Simms has wound up on the injured reserve list with an unspecified injury. A timetable to return has yet to be established. Lasted Updated: 09/01/2019|
|Ito Smith||Concussion||doubtful||Smith missed the previous game with a concussion. He is not expected to be cleared in time for Sunday's contest against the Saints. Lasted Updated: 11/07/2019|
|Desmond Trufant||Toe||questionable||Trufant has sat out the past three games due to a toe injury, and it is unclear if he will be available against the Saints on Sunday. Lasted Updated: 11/05/2019|
|J.J. Wilcox||Knee||IR||Wilcox tore the ACL in his right knee and is on the injured reserve list. Lasted Updated: 07/23/2019|