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NFL Season Preview: #8 Atlanta Falcons

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Overview: The Falcons were another team clouded in mystery last season. They had no quarterback after the departure of QB Michael Vick to jail, and had released RB Warrick Dunn. Atlanta then drafted QB Matt Ryan, and signed RB Michael Turner to replace them, and these two players helped lead the Falcons to an 11-5 record and a division title.

Offseason Moves: On offense, the Falcons added a load of new targets for QB Matt Ryan. Most notably, TE Tony Gonzalez was acquired in a trade from the Chiefs. Atlanta also signed WRs Marty Booker and Robert Ferguson. On the defensive side of the ball, the Falcons began adding through the draft, selecting DT Peria Jerry in the first round. Atlanta also signed LBs Mike Peterson, Jamie Winborn, and Tony Gilbert.

Upcoming Season: With a stronger offense, and a more experienced quarterback in Matt Ryan, the Falcons look ready to explode this season. QB Matt Ryan has a complete passing game with deep threat WR Roddy White, and the intermediate with TE Tony Gonzalez. The passing attack is balanced out by RB Michael Turner, who had a career season last year. On defense, a revamped line backing core and solid defensive line have Atlanta looking strong. The secondary can be questionable at times, but should hold up as the Falcons could have one of the best teams in the NFL.

Player to watch: RB Michael Turner took his workload to new heights lastMichael Turner season. Previously a backup in San Diego, Turner had 376 carries in ’08, which of course, results in taking 376 hits. People are questioning whether Turner will hold up this season, and the Falcons are talking about targeting the 325 carry range. Look for Turner to produce about the same as last year, knowing that the Falcons are a run first team.

Prediction: 10-6, 1st in NFC South

The Falcons have a tougher schedule this season, but have a better team than last season. It should balance out, and result in the Falcons going deep into the playoffs.