The Falcons are ranked 17th in Peter King’s Football Morning in America column, which was published on Monday.
He notes that the Falcons have gone 18-17 since losing Super Bowl LI and dropped an interesting tidbit regarding owner Arthur Blank.
“I keep hearing owner Arthur Blank is getting restless,” King wrote. “In the Falcons’ last 35 games (the first one in that 35-game string is the Super Bowl loss to New England), they’re 18-17, and they’ve got a $30-million-a-year quarterback (Matt Ryan) and a receiver (Julio Jones), soon, likely to be a $20-million-a-year player.”
New Orleans is ranked sixth and it’s noted that they scored 90 points more than the Falcons last season.
Of other NFC South opponents, Carolina is ranked 21st and Tampa Bay 29th.
King questions Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s health and if Bruce Irvin and Brian Burns can lead the pass rush. The Bucs have new voices in Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich with the job of getting quarterback Jameis Winston turned around.