3 Reasons Why the Atlanta Falcons Will Win Super Bowl 51

3 Reasons Why the Atlanta Falcons Will Win Super Bowl 51

Written by on February 3, 2017

Despite that slender three-point line, there are many people who don’t give the Atlanta Falcons much of a chance to win Super Bowl LI. They do have some obstacles in their way: a head coach poised to win his fifth Super Bowl, and his second in three years, and a quarterback poised to win his fourth Super Bowl MVP trophy if things go right. However, the Falcons have a lot of positives of their own, including a quarterback in Matt Ryan who just put up the best season average per passing attempt in NFL history, likely securing the MVP award for the regular season, and a defense that has come on strong since the midpoint of the season. Check out our arguments as to why the Falcons will hoist their first Lombardi Trophy at the end of the game. And don’t forget to check out the Super Bowl 51 odds by clicking here.

3 Reasons Why the Atlanta Falcons Will Win the Super Bowl

The Falcons score points in bunches

In the playoffs, they’ve averaged 40 points per game. For the regular season, they put up 540 points, 33.8 per game. That was a franchise record and it tied for the eighth highest total in NFL history. While the team stumbled in some early losses, they are riding a six-game winning streak, putting up 39 points per game in that streak. While the New England Patriots did have a solid defense this year, leading the league by only permitting 15.6 points per game, they did not face a team with the offensive weaponry that Atlanta will bring to the game. They have two solid tailbacks in Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, and they have three legitimate big threats at wide receiver in Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel. Which will New England try to stop first?

As good as Tom Brady has been, Matt Ryan has been better

The Atlanta Falcons have had some great quarterbacks in their history. Steve Bartkowski. Michael Vick. Chris Chandler. But Matt Ryan is the first Atlanta signal-caller to be named first team All-Pro. He set career bests in touchdown passes (38), fewest interceptions thrown (7), passing yards (4,944) and completion percentage (69.9). His 117.1 quarterback rating led the league, but in the postseason, he has elevated his play even more, posting a combined 132.5 rating in the divisional round and the NFC Championship. During the Falcons’ current winning streak of six games, he has thrown 19 touchdown passes without a single pick. I expect him to keep finding open receivers down the field against the Patriots.

But what about that defense?

Yes, the Falcons have a young defense, with as many as eight players on the field who are either rookies or in their second year. However, they held two of the best offenses in the NFC — Seattle and Green Bay — to a combined 41 points in the playoffs so far, and the 21 points that Green Bay put up came after the Falcons had already rolled to a 31-0 lead. Seattle put up 31 points on New England during the regular season but only posted 20 points against Atlanta. There’s Vic Beasley Jr. leading a ferocious pass rush, and Deion Jones and Keanu Neal — while both rookies — are becoming two of the best new defensive backs in the league.