The NFL released the 2011 regular season schedule today, which could be considered somewhat tentative given the current labor crisis, at least during the early portion of the season.
But the Falcons will be prominently featured in 2011, with four prime-time matchups. Their first game will be at Sunday Night on NBC for the home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2. In Week 5, they will get a rematch on Sunday Night against the Green Bay Packers, also a home game. The Falcons will host the Jacksonville Jaguars on a Thursday night game on the NFL Network on December 15. And the Falcons will close out ESPN’s Monday Night schedule with a road game against their divisional rival New Orleans Saints on December 26.
The Falcons begin the 2011 season on the road, facing the Chicago Bears on September 11. They will get their first taste of NFC South competition in Week 3 in another road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That will be followed up by another road game against the Seattle Seahawks. They will follow that up with two home dates against the previous mentioned Packers in primetime and then the Carolina Panthers in Week 6. A road game against the Detroit Lions will precede their Week 8 bye week.
Coming out of the bye the Falcons won’t have it easy since they will travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts. They follow that tough road test with three home dates against the Saints, Titans, and Vikings. In Week 13, they will travel to Houston to face the Texans and then follow that up with another road game against the Panthers. The Falcons will close out the season at home against the Bucs.
Their three divisional games in the final four weeks will likely play heavily in their ability to repeat as NFC South champions. The Falcons don’t start the season easy, with four of their first five opponents being 2010 playoff teams, and the fifth, the Bucs, sporting a winning record.
The Falcons announced their preseason schedule today, featuring three of the usual foes in the four-game lineup.
They will kick off the preseason on Friday, August 12, playing a home game against the Miami Dolphins. That game will be aired on CBS at 7:30 pm. They will follow it up on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars, on a nationally broadcast game on CBS at 8 pm on August 19. Their third game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road has yet to be determined on a date and time, although it is likely to take place on August 27. The Falcons will close out their preseason against the Baltimore Ravens at home on September 1, with a time to be determined later.
The Falcons played both the Dolphins and Jaguars last preseason, with a victory and loss respectively. It will be the third time this past decade that the Dolphins and Falcons have squared off in the preseason. The Falcons and Jaguars are regular preseason opponents, facing each six times in the past decade. The 2010 summer was the first one since 2006 that the Falcons and Ravens have not played each other. Those two teams have met in six of the last eight preseasons. This will be the first time the Falcons have played the Steelers in the preseason since 2001.
Now that the 2010 season is officially over, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2011. The league released the teams’ opponents earlier this month. The dates and times for these games won’t be determined until April when the league releases the official schedule.
Home: Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers*, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints*, Philadelphia Eagles*, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans.
Away: Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears*, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts*, New Orleans Saints*, Seattle Seahawks*, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
* indicate 2010 playoff team.
The Falcons schedule was released today, featuring the Falcons in primetime twice. Their first primetime game will be in a Thursday night matchup at home against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 10, which will air on NFL Network. In Week 16, they get to close out Monday Night Football on ESPN with another home game against the New Orleans Saints.
The Falcons kick off the season with a road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That is followed up by their home opener against the Arizona Cardinals. Their first division game comes in Week 3 against the Saints, which they will play on the road.
It is followed up by another home outing against the San Francisco 49ers, followed by two road games against the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.
The Falcons bye comes at the midpoint in Week 8. It’s preceded by a home game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, and followed by two home outings against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ravens. What follows is four road games in their next five games, against the St. Louis Rams (Week 11), Tampa Bay (13), Carolina (14), and Seattle (15). It’s only broken up by a home game against the Green Bay Packers. The Falcons close out the season with a home game against the Panthers.
The Falcons preseason schedule has been announced. They will have one nationally-televised contest at home vs. the New England Patriots on August 19.
The preseason opener will come at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. Week 1 of the preseason schedule will be played between dates August 12 and August 16.
They follow up with their second game against the Patriots which will be shown on FOX on Thursday night.
The following week they will travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins, with games scheduled between August 26 and 29th.
They finish up their preseason schedule vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road on either September 2 and 3.
The Falcons thirteen opponents for the 2010 season are known now that standings have been finalized. Next year the Falcons will face their three division rivals: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers twice in home and away games.
Their other home games will come against the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, and San Francisco 49ers. The Cardinals, Ravens, Bengals, and Packers all made the playoffs this season and all five teams won at least 8 games this season.
Their away games will be hosted by the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Rams, and Seattle Seahawks. The Eagles are the only playoff team among those, with both them and the Steelers finishing with winning records.
The NFL typically releases the official schedule in the first two weeks of April where the games will be given specific dates.
2009 Atlanta Falcons Schedule
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The NFL announced the Falcons schedule today. Based off last year’s records, the Falcons have the league’s fourth toughest schedule and will feature at least two primetime games with Sunday and Monday night games.
The Falcons will open the season at home versus the Miami Dolphins on September 13. In Week 2, they will host the Carolina Panthers. Their first road game will come in Week 3 as they travel to New England to face the Patriots. The Falcons bye week comes in Week 4.
Following the bye, the team travels to San Francisco. They follow up with a home game against the Chicago Bears will be on Sunday Night Football on NBC. In Week 7, they will travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. In Week 8, the Falcons will face the New Orleans Saints in the SuperDome on ESPN Monday Night Football.
In Week 9, they host the Washington Redskins. Then they have two road games against the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants in Weeks 10 and 11. They follow up with three home games versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, and New Orlean Saints. In Week 15, they will play another game in New York versus the Jets. They follow up with their final home game versus the Buffalo Bills on December 27 in Week 16. Their final game is a road game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 3 in Week 17.