The San Francisco 49ers are the reigning NFC champions, and they look even stronger on paper this summer. The New Orleans Saints have won three consecutive NFC South crowns and are the winningest team in football dating back to 2017. The Seattle Seahawks haven’t endured a losing season in nearly a decade and are always a contender with quarterback Russell Wilson.
The Los Angeles Rams are 16 months removed from a Super Bowl run, the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster remains loaded with championship pedigree, the Minnesota Vikings are coming off a playoff run of their own, the Green Bay Packers can’t be counted out as long as they have Aaron Rodgers, the star-stacked Dallas Cowboys aren’t flying under anyone’s radar, and the retooled Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals are both, in the words of Mugatu, “so hot right now.
None of those 10 teams won more games during the second half of the 2019 NFL season than the Atlanta Falcons, and yet none have lower Super Bowl odds than an Atlanta team that is listed as a 25-1 shot to win the NFC in 2020.
Those odds suggest the public is viewing Atlanta similarly to the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and New York Giants, which is a tremendous oversight considering those teams won a combined 15 games last year.
The Falcons are the conference’s Rodney Dangerfield this offseason. They deserve more respect and attention after winning six of their last eight games and outscoring the competition by the second-highest margin in the conference during that stretch.