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Falcons Preseason Opponents Announced

April 9th, 2014 No comments

The Atlanta Falcons 2014 preseason opponents were announced this afternoon. Although times and dates will be determined at a later date, the Falcons will open their preseason schedule against the Miami Dolphins in the Georgia Dome. That will be followed up by a road trip to Houston to take on the Texans. The third game will see the Falcons return home against the Tennessee Titans and finishing their preseason schedule on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars.


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Falcons 2014 Opponents

January 2nd, 2014 Comments off

With the 2013 season wrapped up, the Atlanta Falcons can look ahead to the teams they will be facing in 2014. The dates and times for these games will not be determined until April when the league releases the official schedule. However one date is already known, as the Falcons will face the Detroit Lions in London on October 26, 2014 in Week 8 of next year.

As usual, the Falcons will have a home and away series with NFC South Divisional opponents in the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Their five other home games will include their matchup against the Lions, as well as the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Their road opponents will include: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and New York Giants.

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Falcons Set to Play Lions in Week 8 in London in 2014

November 28th, 2013 Comments off

Last month, the NFL announced that the Atlanta Falcons would play host to the Detroit Lions in a game played in London next season. Today, more detail about that upcoming matchup was released. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Falcons-Lions matchup will take place on Sunday, October 26 during Week 8 of the 2014 season. The game will be played in London’s Wembley Stadium, but will be considered one of the Falcons’ eight home games for the season.

It will mark Atlanta’s first trip to London in the NFL’s International Series, which has become an annual event since 2007. The Falcons have played abroad in the past, coming in 2000 and 2005 when they played preseason games in Tokyo, Japan, but this will mark their first regular season matchup. The Falcons-Lions game will be one of three games set in London next season, an expansion from this past season where two games were set there for the first time. It is very likely that the Falcons-Lion game will be followed by a bye week for each team, as has become the norm over the past few years with teams that play overseas.

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Falcons-Packers Flexed Out of Primetime

November 25th, 2013 Comments off

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the upcoming matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers on December 8 will be moved to 1:00 pm ET from its previously scheduled time of 8:30 pm. Initially scheduled to be featured on NBC in primetime on Sunday Night Football, the network flexed its flex-scheduling powers to replace the game with the matchup featuring the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. The Falcons-Packers game will be aired on FOX instead.

Beginning in Week 11, NBC has the ability to modify their schedule to feature more prominent games in the second half of the season. They must notify teams 12 days in advance of the schedule change.

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FalcFans Podcast – Ep. 37 “What About Sanchez?”

September 3rd, 2013 Comments off

This week Allen and I have our big 2013 NFL Preview Extravaganza. But first we review the cuts made by the Falcons as well as preview the Falcons-Saints game, and our expectations for Week 1. Allen is very optimistic, while I am the opposite. Thereafter, we break down each division in the NFL, looking at potential playoff teams and ultimately make our Super Bowl picks for 2013. In the end, we get into discussion over how to get cheap Super Bowl tickets, underage drinking, and how Pitt’s football team reminds me of former Falcon teams.

Ep. 37: What About Sanchez? [Download]

Duration: 2 hours, 13 minutes

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Takeaways from Last Week – June 24

June 24th, 2013 Comments off
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Patriots could lose both tight ends this year

Of course the biggest story in the NFL last week was the news surrounding New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, and his potential involvement in the homicide of Odin Lloyd.

Lloyd was found dead last Monday afternoon after confirmation that he was with Hernandez the preceding evening. As of Sunday night, a warrant had been issued for Hernandez on obstruction of justice charges, stemming from reports that he destroyed his cell phone, security system, and had his home cleaned by maids. Certainly raises suspicions about Hernandez’s guilt.

But I won’t really comment on the legal side of things. I am neither a policeman nor a lawyer. We have a justice system in this country, and as far as I am concerned it says that a man is innocent until proven guilty. So I won’t speculate on whether Hernandez is guilty of anything besides probably picking a bad day to destroy items that would be very helpful in a murder investigation.

But I suspect regardless of how Hernandez’s legal situation plays out, we won’t be seeing him suit up for the Patriots in 2013. Given Roger Goodell’s penchant for slamming down the hammer regardless of whether a player is guilty of anything, makes me believe that before Patriots training camp starts at the end of July, we’ll see him receive an indefinite suspension until his legal situation is resolved. This happened with Michael Vick back in 2007 after he was indicted following federal dogfighting charges. We also saw the same with Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent following his indictment on manslaughter charges following his December car accident that resulted in the death of teammate Jerry Brown. Now in both cases, the common denominator is indictment. We’ll see what happens with Hernandez, but I suspect even if an indictment is not reached before July 25, when the Patriots open up camp, Goodell will ask him to simply stay away from the team as was the case with both Vick and Brent.

Well that’s about as far as I care to venture down the legal hole in terms of Hernandez’s situation, and now I’d like to switch gears to how it affects the football side of things. We already know that Rob Gronkowski’s recent back surgery puts his start to the 2013 season in jeopardy. It wouldn’t be that shocking if he too doesn’t play for the Patriots this year due to this injury. Gronkowski had an unrelated back ailment coming out of Arizona in 2010, and has had a number of injuries since joining the team. If Gronk does wind up playing this year, I don’t expect he’ll be at his previous level. And if he does return to form, it probably won’t be until the latter half of the season. Regardless, at best Gronk probably only gives the Patriots 50% of what he did in previous seasons.

That leaves the Patriots without the top three weapons from last year’s team going into 2013. They lost Wes Welker via free agency, replacing him with Danny Amendola. But their offensive identity was really built around the pair of tight ends in Hernandez and Gronkowski, that created such matchup problems with opposing defenses. It really is the equivalent if the Falcons lost Julio, Roddy, and Tony all the span of a five months.

It likely means that the Patriots offensive identity might have to switch more towards being a run-first team. Opposing defenses won’t be put in the quandary of trying to figure out how to match up with their passing attack if Hernandez and Gronkowski aren’t on the field. Gronk was the inline tight end, but was without question the best in the league the past two seasons. You couldn’t cover him with a safety or linebacker, as he was too fast, and he was too physical for a corner. Hernandez was a jack of all trades type of player that would be used like a wide receiver, tight end, H-back, and fullback at times. His role was reminiscent to Reggie Bush’s in New Orleans, where he wasn’t the best player on the field, but you always had to account for him. And because of the different alignments he could appear in, it made it very difficult to game plan against them.

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FalcFans Podcast – Ep. 28 “2013 Schedule Breakdown” Parts 1 & 2

May 14th, 2013 1 comment

Allen and I take part in another two-part episode in which we go week by week, breaking down the Falcons 2013 schedule. We look at favorable matchups that the Falcons can exploit along with our thoughts on how good the Falcons 2013 opponents will be this upcoming fall. In the first part, we look at the first half of the season culminating in our analysis of the Falcons Week 10 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. You’ll hear our thoughts on each of the Falcons first nine opponents, as well as insights on how the Falcons defensive line and offensive lines will look in 2013 and odds that the Falcons pick up a veteran free agent such as John Abraham, Richard Seymour, or Karlos Dansby before the summer starts. You’ll also hear our breakdown of how Darrelle Revis stacks up against Julio Jones, and Ron Rivera in comparison to Mike Smith.

In the second part of our schedule breakdown extravanganza, Allen and I take a look at the Falcons final seven opponents beginning in Week 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We talk about how good a year Steven Jackson might have, along with whether or not the Falcons have made enough improvements on defense to handle the New Orleans Saints. You’ll also hear our thoughts on how the division race in the NFC East may shake out as well as some of the other NFC squads that could be wildcard contenders. We cap things off with our insights on how the 2013 season as a whole should play out for the Falcons.

Part 1:

Ep. 28: 2013 Schedule Breakdown Part 1 [Download]

Duration: 51 minutes

Part 2:

Ep. 28: 2013 Schedule Breakdown Part 2 [Download]

Duration: 55 minutes

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Falcons open season in New Orleans

April 18th, 2013 Comments off

The league announced the 2013 regular season schedule tonight. The Falcons will open their season on the road against division rival New Orleans Saints on September 8, the first Sunday in the season. The following week the Falcons will get their home opener against the St. Louis Rams on September 15. The schedule features five primetime matchups (tied for most in the league), beginning with a home game in Week 4 against the New England Patriots on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. They will then follow that up with a Monday Night Football matchup on ESPN the ensuing week with another home game against the New York Jets on October 7. The Falcons bye week will be the following week.

After the Saints, the Falcons next NFC South divisional opponent follows their bye week with a home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After that the Falcons begin an eight game series that will have the team at home for only three games. The Falcons next primetime game will come in Week 12 on October 21 at home on their Thursday Night game on NFL Network. The Falcons will go on the road to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers in Week 14 on December 8 on Sunday Night Football once more. The final primetime game will be against the team that ended the Falcons 2012 season in the NFC Championship. That game against the San Francisco 49ers will come in Week 16, December 23 on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. The Falcons will close out the regular season with a home game against the Carolina Panthers on December 29.

Five of the Falcons six divisional games will follow their Week 6 bye week. Four of the team’s first six games will be played at home in the Georgia Dome. The Falcons schedule also features two significant breaks. The first of which follows their Monday Night game against the Jets, due to the bye week, the Falcons next game won’t come until 13 days later. Following their Week 12 Thursday Nighter against the Saints, they will have the typical nine-day layoff until they go on the road against the Buffalo Bills. That game will be played in the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada.

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2013 Schedule

April 18th, 2013 Comments off

2013 Atlanta Falcons Schedule

Week Date Opponent Time Result Score Stats
1 Aug. 8 Cincinnati 8:00 L 10-34 Stats | Recap | Review
2 Aug. 15 at Baltimore 7:30 L 23-27 Stats | Recap | Review
3 Aug. 24 at Tennessee 8:00 L 16-27 Stats | Recap | Review
4 Aug. 29 Jacksonville 7:30 L 16-20 Stats | Recap | Review
Regular Season
Week Date Opponent Time Result Score Stats
1 Sep. 8 at New Orleans 1:00 L 17-23 Stats | Recap | Review
2 Sep. 15 St. Louis 1:00 W 31-24 Stats | Recap | Review
3 Sep. 22 at Miami 4:05 L 23-27 Stats | Recap | Review
4 Sep. 29 New England 8:30 L 23-30 Stats | Recap | Review
5 Oct. 7 N.Y. Jets 8:40 L 28-30 Stats | Recap | Review
6 Oct. 13 bye
7 Oct. 20 Tampa Bay 1:00 W 31-23 Stats | Recap | Review
8 Oct. 27 at Arizona 4:25 L 13-27 Stats | Recap | Review
9 Nov. 3 at Carolina 1:00 L 10-34 Stats | Recap | Review
10 Nov. 10 Seattle 1:00 L 10-33 Stats | Recap | Review
11 Nov. 17 at Tampa Bay 1:00 L 28-41 Stats | Recap | Review
12 Nov. 21 New Orleans 8:20 L 13-17 Stats | Recap | Review
13 Dec. 1 at Buffalo 4:05 W 34-31(OT) Stats | Recap | Review
14 Dec. 8 at Green Bay 1:00 L 21-22 Stats | Recap | Review
15 Dec. 15 Washington 1:00 W 27-26 Stats | Recap | Review
16 Dec. 23 at San Francisco 8:40 L 24-34 Stats | Recap | Review
17 Dec. 29 Carolina 1:00 L 20-21 Stats | Recap | Review

Stats are provided by‘s Gamebooks, which are in PDF format. You can find a PDF reader here.

Click here to see the results of the Falcons 2012 Season.

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Falcons to open preseason at home on ESPN

April 4th, 2013 Comments off

The league announced some of the preseason dates for the upcoming 2013 season today. The Falcons four preseason opponents have been set. They will open their preseason schedule on Thursday, August 8 at home against the Cincinnati Bengals which will air on ESPN. For their second preseason game to be played between August 15 and 19, they will travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. In Week 3 of the preseason (August 22-26) they will face the Tennessee Titans on the road. They close the preseason on August 29 at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The more tentative dates for the second and third preseason games will be set at a later date.

The league is expected to unveil the regular season schedule on April 16.

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