Falcons flying high!
There were quite a few experts predicting a difficult season for the Atlanta Falcons after several changes to their roster on both sides of the ball this summer. Indeed, after falling behind by 13 points to NFC South rival New Orleans in the first half of Week 1, things seemed to be going pretty much as expected, before quarterback Matt Ryan and his offense finally got into their stride.
Ryan threw a franchise-record 448 yards as the hosts stormed back to finally secure a 37-34 OT victory off the boot of kicker Matt Bryant in what could yet prove a crucial win in the race to the division crown.
The next goal for the Falcons to achieve is to win a second straight game – something they failed to do in their miserable season last year – but it will be anything other than easy as Week 2 takes then north to Cincinnati where the Bengals are defending a nine-game Regular Season home winning streak.
The Men in Stripes got off to a good start to the season themselves, grinding out a narrow victory at Baltimore in Week 1, and hopes are high in Cincy that this could be the season in which the team finally makes a serious Super Bowl challenge.
After recent playoff failure, the heat is on quarterback Andy Dalton to deliver the goods in the postseason at last following the signing of a massive new contract earlier this year, but everyone at the franchise knows it is now a question of keeping concentration high and securing a good start to what could, and indeed should, be a long season ahead.
A home defeat to the Falcons would be a serious confidence blow to all at Paul Brown Stadium, and after Atlanta’s positive Week 1 showing nobody will be taking the visitors lightly on Sunday!
Atlanta Falcons 3.05
Cincinnati Bengals 1.41
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CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football. Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI