Will The 2-2 Atlanta Falcons Make It To The Postseason?

Will The 2-2 Atlanta Falcons Make It To The Postseason?
Fact Checked by Nate Hamilton

It’s been an up-and-down start for the Atlanta Falcons in this NFL season. After starting it 2-0, coach Arthur Smith’s squad finds itself at .500 after four games, thanks to back-to-back losses to the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars.

With second-year quarterback Desmond Ridder starting under center and rookie running back Bijan Robinson in the backfield, the Falcons are a young team that hasn’t had much success lately. The last time they made the playoffs or posted a winning record was in 2017. However, after the season’s first quarter, Atlanta is tied with the New Orleans Saints for second in the NFC South and just a game behind the division-leading Tampa Bay Buccaneers. So the Falcons playoff chances are still in play despite their 2-2 start.

Season Results of NFL Teams Starting 2-2

So, what kind of chance does the Falcons have this season? Utilizing Champs or Chumps, BetGeorgia.com looked at how teams ended up the rest of the NFL season after starting their season with a 2-2 record since 2012. There have been 110 teams that have started 2-2 in the last 10 years. You'll find the Falcons Super Bowl odds are a long shot.

Situation Teams Percentage
Making The Playoffs 44 40.0%
Win Wild Card Round 32 29.1%
Win Divisional Round 14 12.7%
Win Conference Championship 3 2.7%
Win Super Bowl 2 1.8%

Odds Stacked Against the Falcons' Postseason Hopes

So, the odds appear to be against the young Falcons. However, they have the easiest schedule in the league based on their opponents’ records from last season. That schedule and the lack of a dominant team in the division are why oddsmakers will not yet rule out a playoff run.

There isn't legal Georgia sports betting yet, but DraftKings has the Falcons odds to make the playoffs at -110. That’s the same odds for them to miss the playoffs as well. FanDuel has those same odds for Atlanta. BetMGM believes it will be a three-team race in the NFC South as they have the Falcons at +200 to win the division, just behind the Saints and Buccaneers, both of whom have +175 odds.

Sports betting is not legal yet in Georgia, but BetGeorgia will provide you with the latest news on the effort to allow Georgia sportsbooks apps to operate in the Peach State.



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