Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons


7 - 4
record
1594
ironrank

Standings Prediction

Will stay at #1
The Falcons will hold their position in their division.
NFC
NFL #4/16
IronRank #3/16
NFC South
NFL #1/4
IronRank #1/4

Falcons Schedule

2016-2017 Season
Date Opponent Prediction Result
Week 1
Sunday, Sep 11
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Buccaneers WIN 24-31 LOSS
Week 2
Sunday, Sep 18
Oakland Raiders at Raiders LOSS 28-35 WIN
Week 3
Monday, Sep 26
New Orleans Saints at Saints LOSS 32-45 WIN
Week 4
Sunday, Oct 2
Carolina Panthers vs Panthers LOSS 48-33 WIN
Week 5
Sunday, Oct 9
Denver Broncos at Broncos LOSS 16-23 WIN
Week 6
Sunday, Oct 16
Seattle Seahawks at Seahawks LOSS 26-24 LOSS
Week 7
Sunday, Oct 23
San Diego Chargers vs Chargers WIN 30-33 LOSS
Week 8
Sunday, Oct 30
Green Bay Packers vs Packers WIN 33-32 WIN
Week 9
Thursday, Nov 3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buccaneers WIN 28-43 WIN
Week 10
Sunday, Nov 13
Philadelphia Eagles at Eagles LOSS 24-15 LOSS
Week 12
Sunday, Nov 27
Arizona Cardinals vs Cardinals WIN 38-19 WIN
Week 13
Sunday, Dec 4
Kansas City Chiefs vs Chiefs WIN
Week 14
Sunday, Dec 11
Los Angeles Rams at Rams WIN
Week 15
Sunday, Dec 18
San Francisco 49ers vs 49ers WIN
Week 16
Saturday, Dec 24
Carolina Panthers at Panthers LOSS
Week 17
Sunday, Jan 1
New Orleans Saints vs Saints WIN

Predicted Ranking for 2016-17 Season

#1
div. rank
#3
conf. rank
11-5-0
record

Falcons OFFENSIVE STRENGTHS

How the Falcons compare to the teams within their conference

passing

#3 Falcons
8.8
NFC
6.7
Great passing by the Falcons:
310 yds Oct 16, 2016 at Seahawks
389 yds Sep 18, 2016 at Raiders
327 yds Jan 3, 2016 vs Saints

rushing

#10 Falcons
6.6
NFC
6.7
Great rushing by the Falcons:
116 yds Nov 27, 2016 vs Cardinals
136 yds Nov 3, 2016 at Buccaneers
116 yds Nov 29, 2015 vs Vikings

red zone performance

#6 Falcons
7.1
NFC
6.7
Great red zone performance by the Falcons:
67% Oct 2, 2016 vs Panthers
71% Sep 26, 2016 at Saints
75% Nov 22, 2015 vs Colts

scoring points

#2 Falcons
9.8
NFC
7.1
High points scored by the Falcons:
30 pts Oct 23, 2016 vs Chargers
23 pts Oct 9, 2016 at Broncos
48 pts Oct 2, 2016 vs Panthers

Falcons Stats

How the Falcons compare to the teams within their conference
Passing Offense
303
yds/game
#3
of 32
Rushing Offense
108
yds/game
#16
of 32
Red Zone Efficiency
59
%
#15
of 32
Fumbles Caused
15
fum
#16
of 32
Interceptions
7
int
#21
of 32
Sacks
24
sacks
#17
of 32

Iron Rank Over Time

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History

The Atlanta Falcons are members of the NFL’s National Football Conference. The Falcons began play in the NFL in 1966 after being awarded an expansion franchise in 1965. Once Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium had been built during the 1960’s, interest in bringing a pro football team to Atlanta began to grow.  Eventually, the NFL awarded a team to the City of Atlanta in 1965. This decision came when it became obvious that the AFL was also interested in Atlanta as a location for an expansion franchise.

The new franchise adopted the name of the Falcons when Miss Julia Elliot, a schoolteacher, wrote to the football club with the suggestion. She stated that the falcon was a strong, proud bird that never dropped its prey, and also has a sporting tradition. The name was selected and has stuck with the franchise ever since.  

In 1978, the Falcons qualified for the post-season for the first time in club history and won their first playoff game before losing to the Dallas Cowboys in the second round. The Falcons have since made the NFL playoffs on five more occasions, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII in 1998 where they lost to the Denver Broncos.

Unfortunately, the Falcons have had little sustained success as they did not string together consecutive winning seasons until 2009 and 2010. This span of forty three seasons since their inception without consecutive winning seasons is a record among all North American franchises in the four major sports.

In 1989, the Falcons drafted cornerback Deion Sanders who became a star and brought much needed attention to the football club. Sanders was known as a great cornerback and return man, as well as being known as a two-sport player -- he also played baseball for the Atlanta Braves.  Sanders played with the Falcons until 1993 and remains one of the franchise’s best known players.

Other star players who have spent time with the club include running back Jamal Anderson who was an integral part of the team’s 1998 Super Bowl run, and Quarterback Michael Vick who became the first QB to rush for 1,000 yards while with the Falcons. Unfortunately, Vick is best known for his infamous dog fighting ring for which he served prison time and which led to the Falcons releasing him in 2007.

In 1994, the Atlanta Falcons moved out of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium and began playing their home games at the Georgia Dome.  This is where the club continues to host its home games as well as other events such as Super Bowls and even soccer games.

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