NFL betting handicappers respect the job that Mike Smith has done as head coach in 2 NFL gambling campaigns as he has lead Atlanta to their first ever consecutive winning seasons.
The theme in Atlanta is “Rise Up” and there are billboards all over A-Town promoting that. Interest is high for this franchise that has often played in half empty stadiums. With a talented lineup and proven success the Georgia Dome will be full and rocking in 2010.
“I think we have what it takes to win it all,” said running back Michael Turner. “It doesn’t mean anything is guaranteed. But we have the players to make it happen.”
“Why can’t we go out and win it all,” said tight end Tony Gonzalez. “I want to go undefeated and win the Super Bowl. If we play our best why couldn’t it happen?”
Quarterback Matt Ryan said the team has no problem with being a favorite with the NFL betting odds to make the playoffs.
“I don’t think anybody is shying away from the idea we can be good,” said Ryan. “In fact, it’s the opposite. We’re embracing it.”
As for being in the same division as the world champion Saints the Falcons love that too.
“We’re lucky to be able to play against them twice this year,” said Gonzalez. It gives us an idea of where we are.”
One of the big reasons for optimism in Atlanta and their prospects with the NFL betting lines is an improved defense, which is exactly what is needed if they are to overcome the Saints and their prolific offensive scoring machine.
Cornerback Dunta Robinson arrived via free agency from Houston and will be a key component.
“The reason I was brought here was to help match up with the Saints,” said Robinson. “I’m here to improve that pass defense. They were 28th last year. We have to get into the top half of the league.”
NFL betting handicappers consider Smith another key asset that makes the Falcons so appealing. He is no nonsense and epitomizes professionalism which was just what the franchise needed after the Michael Vick and Bobby Petri no disasters.
“I think ‘Rise up’ is a good theme for our organization,” said Ryan. “I feel like we have the kind of talent to take it to the next level.”