The Atlanta Falcons preseason has been announced. Dan Quinn’s first game in charge will take place at home to the Tennessee Titans.
We will get our first glimpse of the new era in the comfortable environment of the Georgia Dome. Will the Falcons be facing a Marcus Mariota-led Titans?
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The Titans are another team picking in the top-ten of the 2015 NFL Draft looking to rebuild.
The Falcons might be hoping they do in fact take Mariota, as this could leave one of the top pass-rushers to fall in the draft.
In Week 2, it’s another rebuilding team in the New York Jets. The Jets will be led by new head coach Todd Bowles.
This will provide the Falcons’ offense an opportunity to test themselves against the likes of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie — although they will likely be pulled from the game at some point.
They will stay on the road, and in the AFC East, in Week 3 as they head to Miami to take on the Dolphins. The Dolphins have had a busy offseason, making the blockbuster signing of Ndamukong Suh.
Even though it’s a preseason game, the August heat of Miami will give the Falcons plenty to think about, and could actually be beneficial for the Falcons as they try and get in ‘football shape’.
Finally, the Falcons will be at home against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens complete a set of AFC teams that the Falcons will play in the preseason. It’s been damage limitation so far this offseason for the Ravens, having lost Haloti Ngata, Torrey Smith and Owen Daniels.
They will look very different by the time this contest roles around, though, as general manager Ozzie Newsome likes to build his team through the draft.
The dates of the 2015 preseason schedule is yet to be announced, but should be shortly.
Also set to be released in the coming weeks is the 2015 regular season schedule. While we don’t know the order of the games they will play, we know the teams they will face.
Of course, the Falcons will play at home and on the road to the Panthers, Saints and Buccaneers.
As well as this, they will host the Eagles, Redskins, Texans, Colts and Vikings while playing on the road against the Cowboys, Giants, Jaguars, Titans and 49ers.
There is no date set for the regular season schedule, but expect it to be released soon.
Week 1: vs Tennessee Titans (TBD August 13-17)
Week 2: @ New York Jets (TBD August 20-24)
Week 3: @ Miami Dolphins (TBD August 27-31)
Week 4: vs Baltimore Ravens (TBD September 3-4)