Atlanta Falcons: 2015 schedule could help playoff push

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Sep 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester (17) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 41-28. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings and 49ers

The Falcons will face the Minnesota Vikings at home and San Francisco 49ers on the road in 2015. This is due them finishing in the same position as Atlanta did in their respective NFC divisions.

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  • As far as third-placed teams go, they are far from walkovers.

    The Vikings are an up and coming team under Mike Zimmer. Their defense is on the rise, and they have some playmakers on offense.

    Led by young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, they also have the firepower of Cordarrelle Patterson and Mike Wallace at receiver.

    The 49ers have had a chaotic offseason. They are no longer coached by Jim Harbaugh, and they have lost Frank Gore, Patrick Willis and Chris Borland.

    Either way, there is talent on this team, especially if quarterback Colin Kaepernick can get back on track.

    There are no easy games in the NFL, but at this stage the Falcons should feel confident they can win enough games to be competitive in the playoff hunt, as long as they make the right moves between now and September 10.

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