Bump 8-8 the Falcons are a serious force in the NFC. After a rocky start last year they finished the year strong and the defense got better as every game went on. The offense adopted something that I’ve been waiting for which is winning ugly. The Julio Jones drama is over (for now) and once again the Falcons had a very good draft with a steal by getting Calvin Ridley. Dan Quinn is shaping and molding this team to be a serious threat in the NFC and I believe they have shaken off the super bowl funk and they are ready to become the first team to play and win a super bowl in their home state. It will be tough with the Rams and the Eagles forming NFL version of super teams but the Falcons are good enough to challenge both of these teams for a spot in the super bowl.
*Other Notable contenders: Green Bay Packers, NY Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos