Falcons' playoff history under Matt Ryan

Playoffs? 5 things about Falcons’ odds in 2019

Oddsmakers put the Atlanta Falcons’ chances to make the playoffs in 2019  at about 37%.

Considering six teams from each conference make the postseason — and under the current list of favorites (below) they fall ninth — those aren’t the greatest odds. 

With a number of key injuries, Atlanta went 7-9 and missed the playoffs in 2018 (for the first time since the 2015 season). 

Before Matt Ryan’s arrival in Atlanta in 2008, the Falcons had never made back-to-back playoff appearances. With Ryan they’ve missed the playoffs in consecutive years only once (2013-15). Ryan — 4-6 in the postseason — earned league MVP honors in their 2016 Super Bowl season

The over/under win prediction for Atlanta sits at 9 for this season. After the draft, Atlanta’s Super Bowl adds didn’t improve from their middle-of-the-pack 33/1.

The Falcons, however, can change theirs and some of the other NFC teams’ fortunes. Atlanta will face five of the leading playoff contenders — the Eagles, Rams, Saints, Seahawks and Vikings. One more thing about the Falcons’ 2019 schedule to consider, Atlanta will play 13 games in domed or retractable-roof stadiums. Their first excursion outdoors is in Week 10 (Nov. 17) at Carolina.

NFC teams’ playoff chances

New Orleans Saints - 71.8% chance 
Los Angles Rams - 71.8% chance 
Philadelphia Eagles - 63.4% chance 
Green Bay Packers - 52% chance 
Chicago Bears - 55.1% chance 
Minnesota Vikings - 41.3% chance 
Dallas Cowboys - 46.9% chance 
Seattle Seahawks - 39.8% chance 
Atlanta Falcons - 36.6% chance 
Carolina Panthers - 29.4% chance 
San Francisco 49ers - 31.6% chance 
Detroit Lions - 18.9% chance 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 18.9% chance 
New York Giants - 15.8% chance 
Washington Redskins 15.8% chance 
Arizona Cardinals - 9.5% chance 

If the Falcons do reach and win the Super Bowl, they’ll correct one serious wrong. Atlanta’s NFL franchise remains among the oldest in sports yet to hoist a championship trophy.

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