Falcons Predictions for NFL 2012 Season

by Vinny O'Hare on April 23, 2012

Lets take a closer look at the Falcons Schedule and see if we can predict the final record. Historically I am not the best at predicting the NFL season and I usually under estimate the Falcons wins but that could be a good thing this year.

Week 1: We will be traveling to Kansas City to play the Chiefs. The Chiefs are really not a good football team and I think this will be an easy win for the Falcons. Should KC is a tough place to play but if the Falcons get an early jump on things they can take the crowd right out of it. Falcons win game 1. Falcons record 1-0

Week 2: Tough game as the Peyton Manning led Broncos will be coming in to play the Falcons in a Monday night game. I am sure Peyton will want to show the world that he is healthy. It will be a close game and I am actually going to give the Broncos the win in a close game. Falcons record 1-1.

Week 3: Short week and we have to travel to the West coast to play the Chargers. This is the Falcons only trip to the West Coast and I see no problem with picking their defense apart. I also see no problem getting their offense off the field and maybe getting a few turnovers from them. Falcons win.Falcons record 2-1.

Week 4: Falcons come home to play the Carolina Panthers who are an up and coming team. Cam Newton is the real deal and I am sure the draft will help this team get better. Falcons are home and I am gonna pick the Falcons here in a close game. Falcons record 3-1.

Week 5: The Falcons go up and play the Washington Redskins in Washington DC. They will have a rookie QB and they really are not a playoff caliber team just yet. Falcons win this game easily. Falcons Record 4-1.

Week 6: The Falcons come home and play the Oakland Raiders. I see a few Carson Palmer interceptions and we run all over them. Falcons win and go into the bye week with a win. Falcons record 5-1.

Bye Week

Week 8: The Falcons head up to Philly and face theirĀ  old QB Michael Vick. This game is a tough one and playing in Philly gives me the thoughts that the Falcons won’t be able to beat the Eagles. Falcons lose a close game. Falcons record 5-2.

Week 9: The Dallas Cowboys come to the Georgia Dome for a Sunday Night game. Falcons haven’t been beating the Cowboys of late but I see the Falcons winning the game. It will be a close one. Falcons record 6-2.

Week 10: Falcons travel to the Super-dome to play the Saints. How the Saints are going to do this year is a mystery but I am going to say the Falcons win. I think the Saints are in for a crazy year and I don’t see them winning more than 6 games. Falcons record 7-2.

Week 11: Arizona Cardinals come to play the Falcons at the Georgia Dome. I don’t see a West Coast team coming and and beating the Falcons. The Cardinals are still not sure who their QB is although the are stuck with Kevin Kolb there can’t be to much loyalty there. Falcons win the game. Falcons record 8-2.

Week 12: Falcons travel to Tampa Bay and take on a team that has finally spent some money and is on the upswing. Josh Freeman is going to be better than he showed last year. Falcons lose a close game. Falcons record 8-3.

Week 13: Falcons get a Thursday night game against the Saints. Just like I said above the Saints are going to have a cray year and they will not win in the Georgia Dome. They will also be coming in on a short week after playing the 49ers. Falcons win easily. Falcons record 9-3

Week 14: Falcons travel to Carolina to play division rivals the Panthers again but this time on their home turf. I am going to give this game to the Panthers as I just have a feeling that they will be playing better this year and be tough to win at home. The game will be a let down as the Falcons will be coming off a big Thursday night game vs the Saints and will be looking forward to playing the Giants the following week. Falcons lose a close game. Falcons record 9-4.

Week 15: The Super Bowl Champion New York Giants come to the Dome in a rematch of last years playoff game that the Falcons were never in. Giants win again. Falcons record 9-5

Week 16: The Falcons go up to play the Lions in Detroit. This is going to be a tough game and it could have playoff implications for both teams as the Lions are improving. The Falcons beat them last year and I think they will do it again this year in a close game. Falcons record 10-5.

Week 17: Tampa Bay come back to the Georgia dome. I gave the Bucs the win in Tampa but the Falcons will win in the Dome. Once again a close game but the Falcons will need this game more than the Bucs. Falcons win. Falcons record 11-5.

The Falcons are going to the Playoffs again. With an 11-5 record they will also win the division. With the Saints in disarray and the Bucs and panthers not quite there yet it will be the Falcons with the best record when all is said and done.

What do you think about my predictions? Leave a comment and let me know.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Marc Ryan April 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm

thanks for the follow! Good predictions, analysis, and looks to be a pretty accurate forecast!

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Vinny April 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Thanks Marc! Can’t wait for the games to start, I am sure we will be having some Twitter exchanges all season long.

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Joe Sousa April 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I think 11-5 is pretty fair for the Falcons. The NFC South is theirs for the taking with all the problems the Saints are having. Carolina and Tampa both have good futures lined up but that is at least a year or two away. If they Falcons had a first round pick this year I think they could add an impact player that would pretty much lock them up at the top spot in the division.

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Vinny April 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I am not really sure that having a 1st round pick helps the Falcons this year. They need more help on the defensive side of the ball and an offensive lineman which will both be there in the second round. Sure having a #1 helps but I am very happy with the trade last year and Julio Jones.

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Joe Sousa April 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Julio Jones is looking like the real deal. It was a big risk trading that much for him but it looks like it was worth it.

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Travis April 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Sounds nice, especially the Philly game, since I’m an Eagles fan. But you guys will enjoy having Asante Samuel on your team, but best of luck this year, well not against the Eagles of course.

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Vinny O'Hare May 4, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Hi Travis

Philly always seems to be the thorn in the Falcons side of late. Since the game will be at the Link I don’t see the Falcons winning that game. I think Asante was a steal.

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john May 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I think your first week match up is way off. The Cheifs are going to be a solid young team, and will definitely not be an easy game

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Vinny O'Hare July 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I guess we will just have to wait and see if the Chiefs can handle the Falcons offense.

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Duane Wade June 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I dunno about sweeping the Aints and splitting both Tampa and Carolina.Carolina still didn’t address thier Oline problems.If Nolans defense is as dominant as I expect.And if our secondary lead by Asante Samuels is as improved from last year.Not just Cam Newton, and Josh Freeman QB drven teams will be a challenge but winnable games.But necessary wins in order for the Falcons to cut thier teeth.To be able to show the Bears and the 49ers who the NFC champs will be this season.

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Vinny O'Hare July 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

You are correct we have to get into the second round of the playoffs and prove what a good team we have.

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