Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons suffered one of the worst losses in Super Bowl history by blowing a 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots. The team claims to be past the failure but can the Falcons avoid a Super Bowl hangover?
Big picture, the last team to lose the Super Bowl and make it back to the title game the next year was the 1993 Buffalo Bills. Not great if you are a Falcons fan. The Super Bowl runner-up not only fails to reproduce the same magical season that got them one win away from a championship, they stumble out of the gate as well.
Since 2003, the Super Bowl loser is 5-9 straight-up and 2-12 against-the-spread in Week 1.
Atlanta will start the season on the road in Chicago. The Falcons are touchdown favorites on the road. Not only have the Super Bowl runner-ups struggled to cover to begin the season but road favorites of seven or more points are 13-21 ATS in Week 1.
New England starts the season at home on Thursday night. The Patriots are 8-point favorites against the Kansas City Chiefs. Do the defending champions struggle to cover like the runner-up in Week 1?
No. The reigning Super Bowl champion is 12-2 straight-up and 9-4-1 against-the-spread in the first game of the season since 2003.
The Pats were the right side in the Super Bowl, recent history suggests New England is a smart bet in Week 1 while fading the Super Bowl runner-up, the Falcons, has been profitable.
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