What’re the odds the Atlanta Falcons make the playoffs?
The Atlanta Falcons could be the biggest surprise in the NFL season. While we respect Brian Daboll and what he’s accomplished in his Giants, Arthur Smith is probably doing just as well but with less. Yet it seems that the Atlanta Falcons remain in the top spot despite a roster that is lacking in players. The majority of the time when they play a game as we witnessed in the game against Panthers on Sunday and the Atlanta Falcons were unable to win. Check out the opener of the season which saw the team fall within the final quarter, at the defeat of the Saints. Yet somehow the inexperienced Atlanta Falcons won even though they shouldn’t have and are currently in the top spot in their division.
Atlanta is in a position of hosting a postseason match! If the Atlanta Falcons are victorious in the division the team will be hosting a postseason match at first since the 2017. In all honesty, no one thought that the Falcons would find themselves in this situation. To be fair this is as much in common with the Buccaneers their shortcomings as it does with the Falcons successes. However, I’m not here to spit down on the Dirty Birds parade. The parade may not last for too long, so we’ll enjoy the moment.
Making the playoffs
The Falcons are 4-4 and have hopes of making the playoffs that are becoming more realistic each week. Even though they have the lowest amount of money allocated to current rostered players, with more than $80 million of dead money however, the Atlanta Falcons remain competitive no matter their circumstances, except for the Bengals who are hammering. Atlanta may not have the right formula to be successful in a variety of ways however Arthur Smith has this team trusting in itself and has proved to be a challenging draw.
As per FiveThirtyEight according to FiveThirtyEight, the Falcons are currently sporting a chance of 45% to make the playoffs, and 38% of the chance to win the division in comparison to the Buccaneers who have 39% and 45 percent chance. Before the Week 8 victory against Carolina, Atlanta had a 39% chance of reaching playoffs with a 33% probability to win the division. If the Atlanta Falcons were at 2-2, their odds were much lower , with 30%. 30 percent chance of making the postseason.
The current NFC playoff image
- Philadelphia Eagles (7-0)
- Minnesota Vikings (6-1)
- Seattle Seahawks (5-3)
- Atlanta Falcons (4-4)
- Dallas Cowboys (6-2)
- New York Giants (6-2)
- San Francisco 49ers (4-4)
The NFC is in a bad way. The Eagles appear to be the only legitimate Super Bowl contender. Falcons are on the fringe of the championship picture. Tom Brady is still one of the best players in the game and the Bucs have enough potential to win despite an unsatisfactory start to the start to the season.
The New York Times has an interesting widget which shows the Falcons postseason probabilities changing in real-time. Based on the outcome of the remaining games in the program. Even with the 49ers with the same performance and holding the last wild Card position. However, the Atlanta Falcons most important goal is to be the first team to win the division that means making sure they are in control of the division. The most memorable game will be the season’s finale in the series against the Buccaneers.
Atlanta Falcons chances of winning
At the moment as of right now, the Atlanta Falcons chances of winning the division change by 40% based what happens in the Week 18 game. It could be a very easy decision to determine the division. This would be a huge achievement for an unproven team that has one of the weakest teams within theleague to qualify for the playoffs.