Did you know Atlanta is ranked the No. 14 best place to live for career-minded residents, according to Forbes magazine?
Add to that ranking one of the highest scoring offenses in both the NBA (Atlanta Hawks were 15th in scoring last year) and the NFL (Atlanta Falcons put up 37 points in their opener), and "Hotlanta" is the place to be this year -- not to mention the fact there are plenty of great apartments for rent in Atlanta.
The Falcons had their offense in full force in the opener, putting up 30-plus in a 37-34 shootout against the New Orleans Saints in Atlanta, known more for its affordable apartments than offensive numbers the past couple years.
Keep in mind, the New Orleans saints allowed just 19 ppg a year ago, the fourth-best total in the NFL.
But it appears Matt Ryan and the Falcons are healthy again, as the Atlanta playcaller rolled to NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. The-seventh-year Boston College product was an impressive 31 of 43 for 448 yards. He threw three touchdowns, had a long of 54 yards, and wasn’t picked off in the contest, finishing with a 128.8 QB rating.
Averaging 30 points a contest is the Falcons’ goal this year, but that won’t be an easy one to obtain.
Since 2004, only a dozen teams have managed to average 30 or more points per contest.
The good news for the Falcons, who averaged as high as 26.2 ppg in 2012 when they went to the NFC Championship, being 11 of those 12 teams advanced the Playoffs.
We’ll see how things play out against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
The Bengals allowed just 19.1 points per contest last season, which was the fifth best number in the NFL.
In Cincinnati’s season opener, the Bengals held Baltimore to 16 points.
In the Thursday night affair against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Baltimore Bengals turned things right around and scored 26 points in the victory minus Ray Rice.
So can the “Dirty 30 Birds” keep it up over 16 weeks? Only time will tell.
- Category: NFL