2010 NFL Picks: Atlanta Falcons NFC South Betting Odds Preview: Inconsistent Falcons in the Mix for 2010 NFL picks. With 10-1 odds to win the NFC Championship, Vegas has placed the Atlanta Falcons in the mix for a NFL playoff spot in 2010, but they will need to solve the inconsistencies that haunted them a year ago. The young Falcons started and finished well in 2009 but the middle of their NFL picks season was marred by inconsistent play and close losses, and the 9-7 team missed the NFL playoffs.
Still, the Atlanta Falcons are a team to watch in 2010. They have dangerous weapons on offense but need to develop more playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. Matt Ryan, at quarterback, leads the team in his third year after throwing for nearly 3,000 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2009. He was a game breaking target in Roddy White, and a red zone target in TE Tony Gonzalez. The running game, so dominant in 2009, lacked that hammer last season. Michael Turner was slowed by injuries in 2009 after a breakout year in 2008. He has come into camp in great shape and should be primed for a bounce back season in 2010. He is supported by backs Jason Snelling and Jerious Norwood, with Snelling the more productive of the two.
On defense, the Falcons relied on several players to sack the quarterback and intercept balls, with no one player leading the charge. The Falcons need to find those defensive leaders. MLB Curtis Lofton was their leading tackler, and they added cornerback Dunta Robinson as an impact player at cornerback and Sean Weatherspoon, a 1st round rookie draft pick, has been slated to take over at strongside linebacker.
The Falcons have the talent to make a move in the NFC, and, in the recent past, the AFC South betting odds have had no repeat champions. To overtake the Saints, they’ll need to make strides on the defense and Turner needs to return to his past form.
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