Atlanta Falcons tickets delivered in 2010, but not quite enough. The Atlanta Falcons bulldozed their way to an NFC South division title and a #1 seed in the NFC last year but failed to deliver on their potential as the Falcons underwent a crushing loss to end their season. Now as the 2011 NFL year begins the Falcons are once again favored to win the division and be a major force in the NFL Playoffs.
The journey begins this Sunday as the Falcons travel to Chicago to take on the Bears, who stumbled in the NFC Championship game to eventual Super Bowl winning Green Bay Packers. Right from the get go, two of what are expected to be the toughest teams in the NFL in 2011 are meeting head to head. This Falcons-Packers game is early, but could have major implications to seeding in the NFC at the end of the year.
The Atlanta Falcons go to Chicago healthy, with Matt Ryan at the top of his game and running back Michael Turner at full strength. But all eyes will be on the Atlanta Falcons passing attack, as the newest Falcon, sensation Julius Jones, hits the field for his first NFL game. The addition of Jones, who will line up opposite Roddy White, is expected to give the Atlanta Falcons a potent aerial game to go with their fundamental running game.
The Chicago Bears have a lot to overcome in their debut. Many consider their success last season a fluke and they are dealing with the fallout from the Jay Cutler injury fiasco, and discord within the team because of contract issues with Lance Briggs and Matt Forte. Pulling together and playing well despite their issues is a must if the Bears want to disrup the Falcons season at the start. But make no mistake, the onus is on the Falcons to play well and get a jump in the NFC South.