The Atlanta Falcons will open the 2015 NFL season on Monday Night Football, hosting the Philadelphia Eagles in a double-header on September 14. The Falcons and Eagles will face off at 7:10 p.m. Eastern on ESPN, which will be followed by a Minnesota Vikings-San Francisco 49ers matchup at 10:20 p.m. on the same network.
Their season-opener marks one of two primetime games currently on the Falcons’ 2015 slate. Their only other scheduled matchup will be a Thursday night matchup on the road against the New Orleans Saints in Week Six on CBS on October 15. The Falcons will also close their season against the Saints in Week 17 at home on January 3, 2016.
The Falcons may receive more primetime games should they come under the league’s flexible scheduling. That policy allows the league to move afternoon Sunday games starting in Week Five through the remainder of the year to Sunday evening games to be aired on NBC.
Following their opener against the Eagles, the Falcons get the rest of their NFC East opponents out of the way early, having to travel in Weeks Two and Three to face the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys consecutively. They then will host the Washington Redskins in Week Five on October 11.
Sandwiched between, the Falcons will have a home game against the Houston Texans in Week Four.
After facing the Saints, the Falcons will once again travel to play the Tennessee Titans in Week Seven on October 25. The Falcons will also open their preseason slate of games at home against the Titans.
The Falcons’ second NFC South divisional game will occur in Week Eight when the team hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 1. Then the Falcons will fly out to the west coast to play the San Francisco 49ers in Week Nine, which marks their only scheduled 4 o’clock game as of now.
Following their west coast trip, the Falcons will have a bye week in Week 10 to rest up for the Indianapolis Colts, who will travel to the Georgia Dome to face the Falcons the following week on November 22.
The following Sunday is the one after Thanksgiving, which will see the Falcons hosting the Minnesota Vikings.
Then in Week 13 on December 6, the Falcons will begin a three-game road stand where they face the Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars, thankfully all warm-weather teams.
The promising conditions will continue as the Falcons finish the year with two home games, once again hosting the Panthers followed by the Saints.
Overall, four of the Falcons final five games will be against divisional opponents, but all will be played either in the Georgia Dome or in the warm environs of North Carolina and Florida. That puts the Falcons in prime position to make a late run during the year for the postseason.
The Falcons also sport the easiest strength of schedule in 2015 if using teams’ records from 2014. Although such measures are mostly fruitless. A year ago, the Colts had the easiest schedule based off 2013 records. But when the actual 2014 season played out, the Cowboys wound up with the softest schedule after 2013 records suggested theirs was the 15th easiest. The Colts wound up tied for seventh among team’s with the softest schedules in 2014.