Odds to Win 2019 NFL Divisions
In this day and age of NFL salary cap limitations and roster restrictions injuries to player personnel matters. And I am not speaking to a plethora of bad luck that results in a large number of players being issued injured reserve status. I am stating, not suggesting, that a single hamstring pull to a starting quarterback can derail a team’s season. Odds to Win 2019 NFL Divisions: Falcons 7-2.
The 2018 NFL regular season played out as expected. For the most part. The Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, and Los Angeles Rams executed to their potential. However, tradition rich Green Bay was trumped by the Chicago Bears resulting in a disappointing season. 2017 Super Bowl runners-up, Atlanta, might have been the biggest franchise disappointment.
Atlanta Falcons sign Carpenter and Brown
Last summer the Falcons were projected to win the NFC South division. Furthermore the club was expected to make another postseason run at a spot on the Super Sunday turf. Matt Ryan had a potentially dominant group of receivers in Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, and Calvin Ridley. The defense looked improved and poised to take a step forward.
Alas the injuries piled up. The defense took a huge hit when starting safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen were felled for the season. Deion Jones missed 10 games with a foot injury. Takk McKinley missed time as did Grady Jarrett. And Ryan’s offense never truly recovered when running back Devonta Freeman was forced to play through a groin injury that resulted in an eventual trip to the IR.
I haven’t even covered arguably the biggest player losses. Injuries to starting guards, Andy Levitre and Brandon Fusco, simply doomed any chance that the Falcons had to be a part of the 2018-19 playoffs.
The Falcons have yet to make any sexy free agent signings or blockbuster trades this offseason. What they have done, however, is what was needed. The team signed offensive lineman James Carpenter to a four-year, $21 million contract. Also they inked OL Jamon Brown. Carpenter, who spent the previous four seasons with the New York Jets, and Brown with the Giants, bolster what will be a stellar o-line for Atlanta. But only as long as the group, as a whole, can stay healthy.
In conclusion the Falcons are the lone NFL team to catch a significant amount of money to issue movement in the Las Vegas SuperBook‘s NFL Futures Odds to Win 2019 Divisions.