The Atlanta Falcons’ 2016 preseason schedule was announced today, with the team set to face the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars this summer in their slate of four exhibition games. While the dates for all the games has yet to be announced, the team knows the dates for their last two games against the Dolphins and Jaguars.
The Falcons kick off the preseason at home for the seventh consecutive summer, this time against the Redskins, a team that they have not played in the summer since 2004. The Falcons were shut out 27-0 in that last meeting against the Redskins. This game also marks the first time the Falcons have faced an NFC opponent in during the exhibition schedule since the summer of 2009.
The Falcons will travel to Cleveland the following week to see another opponent they have not faced in the preseason in a long time in the Browns. Their last preseason matchup came in 2003, which resulted in a 20-9 road loss to the Browns in the summer’s preseason finale.
The next week the Falcons will continue their road stand by heading south to Miami to face the Dolphins on August 25, a game which will be broadcast nationally on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern. They are a regular preseason opponent for the Falcons, having played each other in five of the last six summers. The Falcons have won three of those matchups, but lost to the Dolphins last summer in a 13-9 loss in Miami. However the Falcons defeated the Dolphins in their two previous trips to Miami in 2010 and 2012 over the past six summers.
The Falcons will wrap up their preseason slate at home against the Jaguars on September 1. This is also a regular summer matchup as the two clubs have met in five of the last six summers. The Falcons’ only win in that span came in their 2014 preseason finale by a score of 24-14. Prior to that the Falcons had dropped six consecutive preseason games against the Jaguars dating back to 2005. Only two of those losses however came inside the Georgia Dome.