1. Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons are going to be a really bad football team next season. The defense is going to be among the worst in the league and the offense is going to be piloted by either Marcus Mariota or Desmond Ridder with very little talent around them. The offensive line is bad and the only tangible weapons on the team are Kyle Pitts and Cordarelle Patterson.
This article is not about the offensive side of the football, though, as the Falcons are just as bad on defense. The key addition for Atlanta was former Charger Casey Hayward, who should not be feared. He had a nice bounce-back year with the Raiders but now finds himself without Gus Bradley and will be 33 years old in September.
Grady Jarrett is a former Pro Bowler who took a step back last season and A.J. Terrell is an ascending young corner who put together a really good season for Atlanta in 2021. Arnold Ebiketie was a great day two pick for Atlanta, but outside of that, there isn't anything to get excited about.
Atlanta ranked third-to-last in defensive DVOA last season and it should not improve much in 2022. With such a bad defense that is not going to be able to put together drives, the Atlanta defense is going to be on the field for a long time and is going to suffer as a result.
We predicted this game to be the highest-scoring game of the season for the Bolts as it should be a guarantee to score more than 40 points against Atlanta.