Atlanta Falcons 1st Half Schedule Predictions


Even though we are still 4 months away from the 2013 season getting underwait’s never too early to predict how well the Atlanta Falcons will do next year starting with the first half of the season.

Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints

The dirty birds begin their 2013 season on the road and even more interesting, against the rival Saints. Sean Payton will be returning to coach the Saints making this game a little bit unpredictable. I see both teams playing to prove they’re the top dog in the NFC South but this will be the first game back after a very disappointing loss last year in the NFC Championship game for Atlanta. So I have to give the edge to the Falcons it will be a fun game to watch but I think Atlanta takes it 28-24 WIN

St. Louis Rams @ Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta will get their home opener in week 2 but whats more important than that is they will raise their NFC South Championship banner before the game. The biggest story however will be Steven Jackson playing against his former team. Look for Jackson to have a huge impact in this game even though it wasn’t a messy break for either side Steven Jackson will work extra hard in this game to beat his former team. Atlanta will have a strong game against the Rams taking the victory 27-13WIN

Atlanta Falcons @ Miami Dolphins

Miami has made a ton of noise this offseason and has really improved their roster. The experience of Matt Ryan will be the difference maker in this game though if you ask me. I do see Mike Wallace having a big game though which will make it close but Atlanta wins 24-17 WIN

New England Patriots @ Atlanta Falcons

Prime time begins in week 4 against the always dangerous Patriots.Tom Brady vs Matt Ryan, Present vs Future. A huge game for the Falcons and if Atlanta wants to win they are going to have to have a great game offensively. Atlanta wont win this game if they don’t pressure Brady and I don’t see this happening therefore I have to give this game to New England 31-21 LOSS

New York Jets @ Atlanta Falcons

Back to back home games meet back to back prime time game for the Georgia Dome in week 5. Jets are a somewhat broken team and they have to come across an Atlanta team who just played one of the best teams in the NFL a week earlier. It all spells out a butt whooping for the Jets. I see this being the game that pushes Sanchez out as the starter we might even see Geno at some point in this game but it will be all about Atlanta winning 31-10. WIN

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons

This is a game I could have seen being harder to pick if the circumstances were not so much in the Dirty Birds Favor. Atlanta will play this game in week 7 following their bye week, t will also be 4 weeks since the team has had to travel away from the Georgia Dome. It makes this game a no brainer, Atlanta will show their dominance even if the “good” Buccaneers team shows up for this one. The Falcons take control early and finish strong beating the Bucs 27-17 WIN

Atlanta Falcons @ Arizona Cardinals

The Falcons take flight after a month at home to take on the Cardinals. Matt Ryan had his worst two games last season against the Cardinals and against Carson Palmer.Now that the two are together this does seem to be trouble for the Falcons but I think Matt Ryan makes adjustments and has a better game. I do see a close game here even though the Cardinals are nowhere near as good as Atlanta but I am gonna give Atlanta the fourth quarter victory    24-20. WIN

Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers

Atlanta will travel back east for back to back road games to finish the first half of the season. Cam Newton played great against the Falcons last year but Atlanta has spent time learning how to stop running QB’s this offseason, It all comes down to stopping Cam in this one. Matt will put up points but if Cam has his way with our defense again this year it is his game to win. I have to go with my gut and say the research in the offseason pays off enough to get the ‘W’ 28-24. WIN

The Atlanta Falcons have obviously a tougher schedule then last year but they are still arguably more talented than every team they face this season. I think every game will come down to the Falcons winning or the Falcons letting other teams beat them. No team in the first half of the season should be able to beat Atlanta if they play to their potential. At worst see a 5-3 record after 8 games but definitely there is the chance we see another 8-0 record this season. Only time will tell though.

 

Link to second half schedule predictions:  http://bloggingdirty.com/2013/05/20/atlanta-falcons-2nd-half-schedule-predictions/

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  • Terence Webb

    Lol…dude you’re obviously a homer AND a big dreamer NO WAY do they do anything near last season AND I predict that they lose more division games…they released 2 broken down players to sign 2 more broken down players..they will not sniff the playoffs this season they are in for a rude awakening…their Qb is a choker the rest of that division is looking to knock them off…they are not that good defensively and did nothing to really bolster their D while the saints and Bucs made huge additions….I see the bad end for them

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashlynne.witt Ashlynne Witt

      I don’t know how you can ever call Matt Ryan a choker… If most 4th quarter victories in the last 5 years make you a choker. He lost 4 playoff
      Games to every team who ended up representing the NFC in the Super Bowl, and who did the saints get in free agency that was such a big deal?

      • http://www.facebook.com/william.j.oneal william jason o’neal

        Keenan Allen, Victor Butler. Underrated players that had success last year. And on offense Ben Watson a new toy for Brees to utilize. And they drafted better defense than Atlanta with Vacarro, Jenkins. Atlanta gets some cb out of the pac 12 and some TE out of that as well. That name I can’t see succeeding Gonzo sorry. 1.Gronk 2.Graham 3. Toilolo? Does that third make sense? Not to me.

        But Atlanta has a chance still. I wouldnt want the saints to sweep Atlanta and then have to playe them again in playoffs. But it could be other way around and us getting swept if we don’t take week 1.
        Its coming down to Gonzo’s fate vs.Manning’s fate. Saints may have a story but idk the storyline teams lately have won SBs.

        • http://www.facebook.com/ashlynne.witt Ashlynne Witt

          So no one who is going to make a huge difference?

          You say the saints drafted better defensively. Well I disagree considering the saints have never been a team who builds great players through the draft. Even if that were true though atlanta still has the better defense. The saints are so poor on defense and Atlanta’s offense is only getting better. I think that spells bad news for the saints this year

          • http://www.facebook.com/william.j.oneal william jason o’neal

            Drew Brees is afraid of NO ONE. He can beat any defense. The saints drafted players that were better in college. vacarro out of texas, Jenkins out of Georgia. Atlanta’s offense is not going to touch saints offense no matter what. Matt Ryan hasnt exactly won shootouts. The saints of 2011 were better than the falcons of last year. If the falcons win its because of Gonzo period! It won’t be because of Ryan thats for sure.

  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    5-3…….maybe 6-2. Divisional games are always tricky to predict…..especially if you are currently the top dog.

  • Dustinbr

    I agree with you 100%

  • ahrcshaw

    The Falcons will be lucky to come out 5-3. They will not be Carolina at home, and possibly not in Atlanta. There is a lot more to Carolina then Cam Newton and it will be proven this year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/william.j.oneal william jason o’neal

    Matt Ryan is not going to send Brees to retirement dethroning him sorry. Brees will leave like the way Warner did, a winner. Like Elway maybe. And honestly when Brees is done in this league Ryan will not be no.1. Brees has a legacy to fulfill and Matt Ryan will not get in the way of it. Brees also works out more than Matt Ryan, looks more firmer, and could probably win in a fight. No, wait, actually he can.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashlynne.witt Ashlynne Witt

      Bree’s can win in a fight? Really that’s your argument?

      Drew brees is definitely chubbier then Ryan but Ryan weighs more then brees is better then Matt Ryan at this point but Ryan has all the potential to be a better QB.

      As for Kurt Warner he didn’t even finish a winner he lost in the Super Bowl and that was it. The drew brees era is over but it’s not all his fault the saints don’t have a defense and that’s there biggest downfall.

  • Dustin Black

    This is right with my train of thought.

  • Cbridgette Stewart

    I think the Falcons will be 7-1 through the first 8 games. They won’t lose to the Patroits but to Cam and Co. He’ll be the first running QB they’ll see and I don’t think the D will have figured out just how to stop the “feet” yet.