Atlanta Falcons Minicamp, built by The Home Depot, came to a close on Thursday after three days of workouts in the Georgia heat. Fans came to Flowery Branch for one more look at the team.
While football season is still months away, those who gamble on the sport are already placing bets for 2015. Among the most popular wagers to make is win totals.
For the second straight year, Vegas odds makers set the Falcons over/under for victories at 8.5. But, unlike 2014, Rotoworld's Evan Silva — who has a strong track record when it comes to forecasting NFL results — believes fans should bet the over.
In other words, he's predicting Atlanta to finish above .500.
Silva has plenty of reasons to feel optimistic. Of course, a new coaching staff can reinvigorate a roster, and Dan Quinn's group has passed early tests with flying colors. A strong draft, which earned top marks from websites such as Pro Football Focus, ESPN and CBS Sports, has injected talent in much-needed areas. Moreover, a solid group of free agent acquisitions should only improve depth — especially on defense.
"Most importantly, the Falcons will be able to score points and their defense should be better, even if the improvement is slight," Silva said. "They also have a great schedule, taking on the AFC South and NFC East, as well as Tampa Bay (6.0 Win Total) twice, Minnesota (7.0), and San Francisco (7.5). I like the over on the Falcons' Win Total this year."