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Lets rewind to 2012 when Atlanta finished the regular season 13-3.  They claimed the NFC’s Number 1 playoff seed, knocked out Seattle in the divisional round of the playoffs, and just fell short of going to the Super Bowl.  So when the 2013 season started a lot of analysts had Atlanta to make another deep run in the playoffs and possibly make a Super Bowl run.  The Falcons entered the season with a fearsome passing attack and an upgrade to the run game by adding Steven Jackson from the Rams.

By the time the season started we already started to see some concerns with the Falcons.  Roddy White was hobbled by a high ankle sprain which made it harder for Julio to get receptions.  By the time Roddy was getting his groove back; Julio had broken a screw in his surgically repaired left foot and missed 11 games.  Steven Jackson fell early to injury as well and missed 6 games and Jaquizz Rodgers filled in.  Matt Ryan made the best out of a bad situation by utilizing Tony Gonzalez and Harry Douglas, but it was very interesting to see how different that offense was without two of its big play makers.  Lets not forget that the defense was missing Sean Weatherspoon and Kroy Bierman.  The defense ended up averaging 27.7 points a game allowed against them.

Now the Falcons are looking to rebound, and I think a lot of people are expecting them to return to glory as well.  It is a big loss not having Tony Gonzalez come back, but they will have Julio Jones and Roddy White coming back strong.  Matt Ryan knows how to utilize his targets and with both of them healthy it should really spread out the offense which will help create running lanes for Steven Jackson and the running game.  The Falcons spent the offseason drafting lineman to protect Matt Ryan; and they spent a lot of money signing crucial players to the roster.  The Falcons did also bring in Devin Hester which will add depth with the receivers and help amp up special teams.  Where the Falcons really need to step up is the defense.  Weatherspoon is coming back from an injury, but he should make an immediate impact along side Paul Worrilow who totaled up 127 tackles last year. 

As long as this team can stay healthy it would not surprise me if they went 12-4 and made a playoff push.  Coach Mike Smith has only had one losing season since taking over as head coach of the Falcons so it should be an interesting year of football in Atlanta.

I am always fascinated with how much players make.  The amounts that NFL players will get signed to is sometimes unbelievable and it makes someone wonder; how much do these players make per day or what would they make per hour?  I make a dismal $13 per hour and that is nothing to brag about, but what does an NFL player make per hour?  This post is going to go over 10 of the richest NFL players and I am going to break down their salaries to see how much they really make.  These numbers are based upon the 17 weeks that make up the NFL season.

Aaron Rodgers QB Packers – $22 million for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $184,873 per day; $7,703 per hour; $128.38 per minute; and $2.14 per second.

Matt Ryan QB Falcons – $20,750,000 for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $174,369 per day; $7,265 per day; $121.09 per minute; and $2.02 per second.

Joe Flacco QB Ravens – $20,100,000 for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $168,907 per day; $7,037 per hour; $117.30 per minute; and $1.95 per second.

Drew Brees QB Saints – $20 million for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $168,067 per day; $7,002 per hour; $116.71 per minute; and $1.95 per second.

Peyton Manning QB Broncos – $19,200,000 for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $161,344 per day; $6,722 per hour; $112.04 per minute; and $1.87 per second

Tony Romo QB Cowboys – $18 million for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $151,260 per day; $6,302 per hour; $105.04 per minute; and $1.75 per second

Eli Manning QB Giants – $16,250,000 for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $136,554 per day; $5,689 per hour; $94.83 per minute; and $1.58 per second

Calvin Johnson WR Lions – $16,200,000 for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $136,134 per day; $5,672 per hour; $94.54 per minute; and $1.58 per second.

Larry Fitzgerald WR Cardinals – $16,140,000 for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $135,630 per day; $5,651 per hour; $94.19 per minute; and $1.57 per second

Mario Williams DE Bills – $16,000,000 for the 2013 season.  That means he makes $134,453 per day; $5,602 per hour; $93.37 per minute; $1.56 per second.

These numbers are crazy to think about.  Just as an example; when Rodgers plays a football game he will play for 3 hours.  That means he will make about $23,000 just in one game.  Now I know these are just some of the big named players in the NFL; but even with someone who only makes $2 million per year they will still average about $16,000 per day when the season is in play.  So after seeing numbers like this I do not feel to bad about NFL players who complain about money.