Falcons on the List of Teams That Can Upset the Patriots for the Super Bowl in 2018

The loss for the Falcons in the Super Bowl in February will never go away fully, but the team and others are already looking ahead to the 2017 season, and with it the hopes of finishing the job this time.

While the Pats are the favorites, NFL.com has a piece out about six teams that have a legit chance to unseat the champions from 2017, and the Falcons, as one would expect, have made the list.

Here’s what Conor Orr had to say about the Falcons and their chances.

3) Atlanta Falcons

Regular-season matchup with the Patriots: Oct. 22 (Week 7) at Gillette Stadium.

Why they can do it: Because this was a team beating the Patriots by 25 points in Super Bowl LI before having a foot-off-the-accelerator moment for the ages. This requires some belief that general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn’s offseason embrace the suck tour is more than just a surface-level coping mechanism. But what has the recipe for beating Tom Brady always been? Pressure on defense, a good quarterback on offense and a moderately effective running game. The Falcons added all-over defensive lineman Dontari Poe in free agency and edge rusher Takkarist McKinley in the first round of the draft. The example of the Seahawks — who apparently never got over their soul-crushing Super Bowl defeat — looms, but emotions aside, the Falcons are hard to count out.


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