5. Falcons on the road
Dan Quinn has the Atlanta Falcons’ arrow pointed firmly upwards. In his first season as head coach, he led the Falcons to their first non-losing season since 2012. Quinn inherited the NFL’s worst-ranked defense and a roster with glaring weaknesses across the board.
In just one season, the Falcons went from No. 32 in total defense (No. 32 pass, No. 21 run) to No. 16 in total defense (No. 18 pass, No. 14 run). With another offseason to address the ailing pass rush, the Atlanta defense we will see inside the Georgia Dome will be one much improved from the pushover it was at Lambeau Field in 2014.
Running back Devonta Freeman broke out in 2015 with an electric season, and we all know how tough Julio Jones is to cover. His 11-catch, 259-yard and one-touchdown performance against Green Bay in 2014 is still fresh in the mind.
Quinn’s Falcons are no joke. They have needs to address this offseason, but they are led by one of the best young head coaches in the league and will be positioned to make a playoff push in 2016. In the hostile environment of the Georgia Dome, the Packers will have their hands full.
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