I have a soft spot for the Atlanta Falcons, and while the rest of the league is on fire right now, I have one thing I am excited about: the 2017 season is just beginning.
The Falcons have won eight of their last nine games, and that is not an exaggeration.
They have a chance to win their second Super Bowl in four years and are looking to be one of the favorites to do so.
In a season that has been dominated by injuries, the Falcons are just as dangerous with their defense as they were in the early going.
With a new defensive coordinator in Mike Nolan, the Atlanta defense has become a dominant unit that has the potential to take over the NFC South and beyond.
Atlanta is one of five teams in the NFL with an offense that has reached the playoffs four straight seasons.
The other three are the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, and New Orleans Saints.
The Falcons are one of four teams in that same group.
The other three, with the notable exception of the San Francisco team, have not been good at the position.
New Orleans has been one of those teams that has a great defense and good offense.
They are in the thick of it with a new quarterback in Drew Brees and the secondary.
It is going to be a very tough battle to keep them in the playoffs.
The Atlanta Falcons are a very talented team that has one of most talented defensive lines in the league, led by defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman.
The defense will be one to watch this year.
They do have some good players on their defensive line, but the linebacking corps is not that great, either.
The offensive line is where the Falcons have had a lot of success, and it is led by guard Alex Mack.
They drafted a guy named Mack, who is the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
I think he can be a future starting center for the Falcons, if they can get him to do it.
If not, they can use another offensive lineman in the draft, like center David Bakhtiari.
The two young tackles that Atlanta has are guard Alvin Bailey and running back Leonard Fournette.
Fournet will be the focal point of the offense this year, and he will be able to do some things in space and be a factor in the passing game.
Bailey will have to play more of a backup role, but he has shown flashes of greatness.
Bailey is a big body who has a big arm, and the Falcons like his ability to block and make plays on the edge.
He can be an effective receiver out of the backfield and has a knack for making big catches.
He is also a strong runner who can create space in the backfield.
Baile is one player that the Falcons should keep an eye on this season.
He has the size, speed, and ability to be an impact player.
They need to continue to add to their roster, and they will be very good in the NFC East this year as well.