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Matt Ryan: Falcons can score 30 points per game

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The Atlanta Falcons' offense is primed for a major campaign in 2016.

Atlanta returns one of the top receivers in the NFL in Julio Jones, added wideout Mohamed Sanu, has a potent backfield with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, an underrated offensive line, and Matt Ryan, a franchise quarterback.

Ryan believes Atlanta's dynamic offense could score 30 points per game this upcoming season.

"Absolutely," Ryan said Friday, via ESPN. "There's no question. I feel like we have a really good receiving corps. We've got great running backs. We've got a really good offensive line; tight ends across the board. Of course we can.

"If you have the mindset that you can't, you have no chance. And I believe we've got the guys to do it. We've got the system to do it. Absolutely I think we can do it."

We'd hope every quarterback believes his offense can score at will. Even with the addition of Sanu, however, it'll be a big leap to 30 points per game for the Falcons.

Last season, Atlanta finished a middling 21st with 21.2 points per game. The Carolina Panthers (31.2) and Arizona Cardinals (30.6) were the only two teams to breach the 30-point mark.

The Falcons certainly have the weapons to be one of the most improved offenses in the NFL, assuming Jones and Freeman remain healthy. The key will be Ryan, who has suffered bouts of enigmatic play throughout his career. If Ryan has a career year at 31, the Falcons could nudge close to that 30-point mark.

Then Dan Quinn would just need to coax a similarly great year from his defense to unseat the Panthers atop the NFC South.

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