Atlanta Falcons: 2015 schedule could help playoff push

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Oct 5, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (21) breaks up a pass to Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

NFC East opponents

At home next season, the Falcons will face the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. They will also travel to the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.

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The two road games are daunting.

The Cowboys will be without the NFL’s leading rusher last season in DeMarco Murray, but they still boast one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, an elite wide receiver in Dez Bryant and a great quarterback in Tony Romo.

With their up and coming defense, they are a team still capable of making a playoff run.

On the bright side, however, the Cowboys’ success came primarily on the road last season. They went 8-0 as the visiting team, but lost four of their home games.

The Giants are intriguing. With Odell Beckham Jr. pairing up with a returning Victor Cruz, the Giants could boast one of the best wide receiver duos in the league.

Defense let them down last year, but the Giants could be a team to make a leap in 2015.

The Falcons should be able to split the series against the NFC East. The Redskins may improve, so home field advantage will be crucial.

As for the Eagles, who knows how they will fare in 2015?

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