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Yes, I'm a biased fan. Yes, it seems like a long shot. But this is why these are BOLD predictions and not copied off of ESPN.com. And besides, this is totally possible.
Everyone knows the offense is complete. Matt Ryan under center, Turner and Norwood in the backfield, Roddy White catching passes, and now Tony Gonzalez blocking for Turner and catching passes across the middle of the field. The offensive line remains intact, the same unit that allowed 17 sacks all season and paved the pay for the league's second best rushing attack.
People's biggest concerns with the Falcons remain with the "suspect" defense. Critics always point to the 24th best defense in the NFL, which is a misleading statistic. The defense was No. 11 in points allowed per game, which is pretty darn good for a "suspect" defense.
What they did was release deadweight old players that just slowed them down. When the Falcons lost to the Cardinals in the Wild Card round, they got burned all day. Lawyer Milloy on the long TD pass, and Keith Brooking on a 4th quarter 3rd and long. Both players are gone now. They added depth at the defensive line and the secondary through the draft.
Last year was a rebuilding year, where they went 11-5 and claimed a playoff spot. With a returning coaching staff, the Falcons look primed for a deep, deep playoff run.
13-3, NFC South Champions, Super Bowl Champions