On election night, every newstation in the country projected who was going to win based on what's happening right then. Half the fun of it is speculating about what will happen. So at the midpoint of the season, let's do a little projecting and speculating.
The talk heading into this season about the Falcons was if the offense opens up under Dirk Koetter, who will get left out? As the old football saying goes, "There are only enough passes to go around."
Atlanta's offense in QB
Ryan is on pace to have the best season any way you look at it in his career. Averaged out, he is projected to finish with 4,720 passing yards, 34 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions. His yards and touchdowns will exceed his current best numbers in those categories, both of which happened last season. His passing yards will be 500 yards over his career best and touchdowns thrown will be five more than 2011.
He'll also set single-season passing records for completions, attempts, completion percentage, and QB rating.
The sophomore sensation
At tight end,
Assuming Gonzalez can achieve the 1,000-yard mark, the three pass catchers would be the first trio in Falcons history to each record 80 catches and 1,000 yards in a single season.
While most have said running back
If this season goes according to its current pace, it would mark the first time in franchise history a Falcons offense had a 4,500-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and three 1,000 yard receivers. This year's offensive playmakers would surpass the 1995 team that boasted 1,000-yard receivers Eric Metcalf, Terance Mathis and Bert Emanuel, 1,000-yard back Craig Heyward and quarterback Jeff George and his 4,100 yards.