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Key Players Returning:

QB Matt Ryan, RB Tevin Coleman, RB Devonta Freeman, WR Taylor Gabriel, WR Julio Jones, WR Mohamed Sanu, TE Austin Hooper, OC Alex Mack, OG Andy Levitre, OT Jake Matthews, OT Ryan Schraeder, DE Ra’Shede Hageman, DT Grady Jarrett, LB Vic Beasley, LB De’Vondre Campbell, LB Deion Jones, CB Robert Alford, CB Brian Poole, CB Desmond Trufant, FS Keanu Neal, FS Kemal Ishmael, SS Ricardo Allen, KR/PR Justin Hardy, PK Matt Bryant, and PT Matt Bosher.

Key Players Departing:

TE Jacob Tamme (UFA), OG Chris Chester (retired), LB Paul Worrilow (Lions), LB Phillip Wheeler (UFA), and KR/PR Eric Weems (Titans).

Key Players Added:

DT Dontari Poe (Chiefs).

2017 Draft Picks:

Round 1: 
Pick 26 – DE Takkarist McMinley (California-Los Angeles)
Round 3:  Pick 11 – LB Duke Riley (Louisiana State)
Round 4:  Pick 30 – OG Sean Harlow (Oregon State)
Round 5:  Pick 17 – CB Damontae Kazee (San Diego State)
Round 5:  Pick 12 – RB Brian Hill (Wyoming)
Round 5:  Pick 31 – TE Eric Saubert (Drake)

2016 Results:

W01  TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS  L  24-31
W02  at Oakland Raiders  W  35-28
W03  at New Orleans Saints  W  45-32
W04  CAROLINA PANTHERS  W  48-33
W05  at Denver Broncos  W  23-16
W06  at Seattle Seahawks  L  24-26
W07  SAN DIEGO CHARGERS  L  30-33(OT)
W08  GREEN BAY PACKERS  W  33-32
W09   at Tampa Bay Buccaneers  W  43-28
W10  at Philadelphia Eagles  L  15-24
W12  ARIZONA CARDINALS  W  38-19
W13  KANSAS CITY CHIEFS  L  28-29
W14  at Los Angeles Rams  W  42-14
W15  SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS  W  41-13
W16  at Carolina Panthers  W  33-16
W17  NEW ORLEANS SAINTS  W  38-32
DIV  SEATTLE SEAHAWKS  W  36-20
CONF  GREEN BAY PACKERS  W  44-21
SB50  vs. New England Patriots  L  28-34(OT)

Team Info:

2016 Overall:  11-5 (AFC South Champions/NFC Champions)

Home:  5-3
Away:  6-2
South:  5-1
NFC:  9-3
AFC:  2-2

Head Coach:  Dan Quinn

Atlanta:  21-14
Career:  21-14
Playoffs:  2-1

Returning Statistical Leaders:

Passing: 
Matt Ryan (373-534, 4944 yards, 69.9%, 9.3 avg., 38 TD, 7 Int.)
Rushing: 
Devonta Freeman (227 car., 1079 yards, 4.8 avg., 11 TD)
Receiving: 
Julio Jones (83 rec., 1409 yards, 17.0 avg., 6 TD)
Yards After Catch: 
Julio Jones (388)
TD’s Scored: 
Devonta Freeman (13)
Sacks: 
Vic Beasley (15.5)
Tackles: 
Deion Jones (108)
Interceptions: 
Deion Jones (3)
Pass Deflections: 
Robert Alford (19)
Tackles For Loss: 
Deion Jones/Brian Poole (5)
Forced Fumbles: 
Vic Beasley (6)
Kick Returns: 
Justin Hardy (3 ret., 52 yards, 17.3 avg., 0 TD)
Punt Returns: 
None
Kicking: 
Matt Bryant (34-37 fg/fga., 92%, 56-57 xp-xpa., 158 pts.)
Punting: 
Matt Bosher (44 punts, 2060 yards, 46.8 avg., 21 in20)

Projected Offensive Starters:

QB:  02  Matt Ryan
RB:  24  Devonta Freeman
FB:  42  Patrick DiMarco
WR:  11  Julio Jones
WR:  12  Mohamed Sanu
TE:  83  Jacob Tamme
LT:  70  Jake Matthews
LG:  67  Andy Levitre
OC:  55  Alex Mack
RG:  65  Chris Chester
RT:  73  Ryan Schraeder
KR:  26  Tevin Coleman
PK:  03  Matt Bryant

Projected Defensive Starters:

DE:  99  Adrian Clayborn
DT:  94  Tyson Jackson
DT:  97  Grady Jarrett
DE:  90  Derrick Shelby
LB:  44  Vic Beasley
LB:  55  Paul Worrilow
LB:  56  Sean Weatherspoon
CB:  21  Desmond Trufant
CB:  23  Robert Alford
FS:  37  Ricardo Allen
SS:  22  Keanu Neal
PR:  14  Eric Weems
PT:  05  Matt Bosher

2017 Schedule:

09/10 1:00pm 
at Chicago Bears  |  Atlanta trails the series 12-14. The Falcons lost (13-27) the last meeting between teams in 2014, and their last series road win (20-17) was in 1983.

09/17 8:30pm  GREEN BAY PACKERS  |  Atlanta trails the series 15-17.  The Falcons are 4-4 since 2008, and their last series home loss (14-25) was in 2011.

09/24 1:00pm  at Detroit Lions  |  Atlanta trails the series 12-24.  The Falcons lost (21-22) the last meeting between teams in 2014, and their last series win (31-18) was in 2012.

10/01 1:00pm  BUFFALO BILLS  |  Atlanta leads the series 7-4.  The Falcons won (34-31) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and their only series home loss (6-17) was at the first meeting between teams in 1973.

10/15 1:00pm  MIAMI DOLPHINS  |  Atlanta trails the series 4-8.  The Falcons lost (23-27) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and their last series home loss (17-20) was in 1980.

10/22 8:30pm  at New England Patriots  |  Atlanta trails the series 6-8.  The Falcons lost (28-34) last season’s meeting at Super Bowl 50, and their last series win (41-10) was in 1998.

10/29 1:00pm  at New York Jets  |  Atlanta leads the series 6-5.  The Falcons lost (28-30) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and their last series road loss (3-28) was in 1998.

11/05 1:00pm  at Carolina Panthers  |  Atlanta leads the series 27-17.  The Falcons are 12-8 since 2007, and their last series road loss (0-38) was in 2015.

11/12 4:25pm  DALLAS COWBOYS  |  Atlanta trails the series 10-16.  The Falcons won (39-28) the last meeting between teams in 2015, and their last series home loss (28-38) was in 2006.

11/20 8:30pm  at Seattle Seahawks  |  Atlanta trails the series 7-10.  The Falcons are 5-2 since 2007, and their last series road win (30-28) was in 2011.

11/26 1:00pm  TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS  |  Atlanta trails the series 23-24.  The Falcons are 11-9 since 2007, and their last series home win (56-14) was in 2014.

12/03 1:00pm  MINNESOTA VIKINGS  |  Atlanta trails the series 11-18.  The Falcons lost (10-20) the last meeting between teams in 2015, and their last series win (24-14) was in 2011.

12/07 8:25pm  NEW ORLEANS SAINTS  |  Atlanta leads the series 51-45.  The Falcons are 7-13 since 2007, and their last series home loss (17-20) was in 2015.

12/18 8:30pm  at Tampa Bay Buccaneers  |  The Falcons last series road loss (19-23) was in 2015.

12/24 1:00pm  at New Orleans Saints  |  The Falcons last series road loss (21-31) was in 2015.

12/31 1:00pm
  CAROLINA PANTHERS  |  The Falcons last series home loss (3-34) was in 2014.

Team Grades:

Offense

Quarterbacks:  A
Running Backs:  A
Wide Receivers:  C
Offensive Line:  B

Defense

Defensive Line:  C
Linebackers:  B
Secondary:  B

Special Teams

Kick Returners:  C
Punt Returners:  C
Kicking:  A
Punting:  A

Predictions:

Home:  5-3
Away:  3-5
South:  3-3
NFC:  5-7
AFC:  3-1

Overall:  8-8 (3rd in NFC South)


Grades:  A = Excellent, B = Good, C = Average

UFA:  Unrestricted Free Agent

Series Histories:  Histories are from the inception of the first Super Bowl season through present day.

Meetings prior to 1966 are not included.  Playoff wins are included in the year the season took place.  For example, if a team won a wildcard game in January of 2016, the game will be listed under the 2015 season.

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