The Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football team based in Atlanta. The Falcons compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league’s National Football Conference South division.
Atlanta Falcons Game Schedule 2017
|1||Sep. 10||@Bears||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|2||Sep. 17||Packers||8:30 p.m. ET||NBC|
|3||Sep. 24||@Lions||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|4||Oct. 1||Bills||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|6||Oct. 15||Dolphins||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|7||Oct. 22||@Patriots||8:30 p.m. ET||NBC|
|8||Oct. 29||@Jets||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|9||Nov. 05||@Panthers||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|10||Nov. 12||Cowboys||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|11||Nov. 20||@Seahawks||8:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|12||Nov. 26||Buccaneers||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|13||Dec. 03||Vikings||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|14||Dec. 07||Saints||8:25 p.m. ET||NBC, NFL Network, Amazon|
|15||Dec. 18||@Buccaneers||8:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|16||Dec. 24||@Saints||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|17||Dec. 31||Panthers||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
The Atlanta Falcons‘ 2016 season was a fever dream come true. Their offense coalesced into the league’s most dominant unit, with Matt Ryan posting MVP numbers and helping carry the team all the way to the sport’s pinnacle.
Atlanta held a 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI and was seemingly on its way to ending the city’s streak of coming up short in big moments.
Then…bad things happened.
Tom Brady engineered the greatest comeback in NFL playoff history, giving the New England Patriots their fifth Super Bowl and providing Atlanta with another on its ever-growing list of heartbreaks. While the Patriots went about reloading their roster and suffered no major losses to their staff, the Falcons go into 2017 looking different from their predecessor.
Coach Dan Quinn saw a mass exodus of staff members, starting with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, now the San Francisco 49ers’ head coach. Shanahan brought over multiple staff members to join him in San Francisco, leading to a little organizational shuffling.
While the Falcons added Dontari Poe to shore up their defensive line, there are some legitimate concerns about whether they can come back at full strength next season. Here’s a look at their 2017 schedule and an assessment of how things could shake out – Atlanta Falcons Game
NFC South teams have schedule strengths in the middle of the pack, with Atlanta having the hardest opponent record at 13th overall, per John Breech of CBSSports.com. However, that may understate how difficult of a trek the Falcons will have.
Every divisional opponent has a legitimate claim to playoff contention. Carolina’s a year removed from a Super Bowl appearance. Tampa Bay nearly made the playoffs last season, and the Bucs reloaded their offense by signing DeSean Jackson in free agency. Drew Brees and Sean Payton can put up 5,000 until their dying day in New Orleans.
The NFC South’s common divisional opponents come from the AFC East and NFC North, deep divisions that each boast three potential playoff teams. Matchups against the New York Jets and Chicago Bears should be relatively easy wins, but that’s about it. The Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions all have their eyes on the division crown in the North, while the Dolphins and Bills see themselves as potential wild-card contenders behind New England.
The Falcons also have the misfortune of playing their non-common matchups against division winners. They’ll travel to Seattle to play the Seahawks, a game few teams win on a yearly basis, and host a Dallas Cowboys team that had home-field advantage a year ago.
By the time the 2017 season is over, it’s possible Atlanta has the toughest schedule in football.
Luckily, 14 of Atlanta’s 16 games are common among NFC South opponents. Winning in the division, then, becomes critical in the Falcons repeating as South champions.
The Falcons went 5-1 against the division last season and are the most complete team of the four. Tampa still has major questions in the running game after Doug Martin’s nightmare 2016. The Saints haven’t played defense in, like, maybe franchise history? I don’t know; I’m 27. The Panthers haven’t addressed their major issues on the offensive side of the ball.
Atlanta’s still the favorite here, but 10-6 or 9-7 could potentially win this division. Of the four NFC divisions, I’d posit the South as the least likely to land a wild-card team due to schedule difficulty.
That means taking care of business head-to-head will likely be the difference between the Falcons returning to the postseason or watching from home.
Source : bleacherreport.com