The Atlanta Falcons are still partly the same team that the NFL and the fans saw in 2012. Matt Ryan behind center, speed on the outside at receiver and a better running game than two seasons ago. The defense is not as solid and the offensive line was abused by injuries.

Now, 2014 is a fresh start.

Mike Smith and his staff not only face rebuilding a team that was one game away from the Super Bowl in 2012, but playing in a division, the NFC South, that could be the second best in football to the NFC West. Matt Ryan did not forget how to throw a football and teams did not forget how to play the game.

Here is a look at this team and how it will fare against its seasonal opponents.