Enjoy with us a first-blush look at the teams the Atlanta Falcons will face next season. We do not know the dates, yet, of these games, but the locations have been set.
- at Philadelphia – The Falcons have lost the last two times and scored only 25 points in eight quarters. Plus we expect Carson Wentz to be under center this time.
- at Pittsburgh – Ben, Brown, Bell, Bryant… still tremendously tough to win at Heinz field.
- at New Orleans – Fairly obvious why this is so high. Always a slog especially now with the rep the swampers have for getting home calls.
- at Green Bay – Especially if this is late in the season where the weather can turn into a monster. And… Rodgers.
- Dallas – Beat them handily without Zeke Elliott and with a rent-a-tackle. Cowboys on a mission to be better next season.
- New Orleans – It’s the rivalry. Only this time we can chant “Blew Dat!”
- at Carolina – This is always a hurdle. You seem to get the best of Cam Newton when he is at home.
- at Baltimore – Good club, tough place. Would be a big win and I have a sneaky suspicion this game will be very early in the schedule. Maybe even the opener.
- at Washington – Who will be the Redskins QB? Washington is in transition at the moment.
- Arizona – Same as The Redskins. A team looking for a new direction.
- at Tampa Bay – The Bucs are low on this list at the moment since I have lost faith in their general direction. I was somewhat surprised they chose to keep their coaches.
- Carolina – Getting them at home is a game the Falcons should win.
- New York Giants – This is a hard call. They should surely be better than the disaster of last season. But there are still lots of issues to work through.
- Cincinnati – Why the Bengals opted not to move on from Marvin Lewis left a lot of people scratching their heads.
- Tampa Bay – See No. 11
- at Cleveland – Until they prove they can win a game.