The Atlanta Falcons will open the season against the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, one of several interesting matchups this season.
The Atlanta Falcons 2018 schedule was released earlier this month and includes some intriguing contests, including a season-opening rematch against the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
The Falcons’ slate also features a matchup between receiving stars Antonio Brown and Julion Jones, a Thanksgiving battle with the hated New Orleans Saints and a trip to Lambeau Field to face Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Here is a breakdown of the most interesting matchups of the 2018 Season:
Sept. 6 at Philadelphia: Tthe season starts where it ended last year in heartbreaking fashion. The Falcons travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles when they unveil their Super Bowl banner. Revenge will be on the mind as the Falcons were one play away from advancing to the NFC Championship and with a loaded roster coming back, the Falcons will look to spoil the opening night party.
Oct. 7 at Pittsburgh: The Falcons will travel to Pittsburgh, with Vaughn McClure of ESPN pointing out:
With Julio and AB both expected to be healthy, this one has the makings of a shootout.
Oct. 22 vs. New York Giants: Seems like it’s been awhile, 2015, since the Falcons have had a Monday Night Football game at home. Monday Night Football makes its return to Atlanta as the Falcons battle the Giants in another must see matchup between two of the leagues best receivers.
Nov. 22 at New Orleans: In what is arguably the highlight of the schedule, the Falcons head to New Orleans to battle their hated rivals on Turkey day. It marks the first time since 2007 that the Falcons have been featured in the primetime spotlight on Thanksgiving.
Looks like the league is finally starting to take note that the Falcons-Saints is the best rivalry the league has going right now.
Dec. 9 at Green Bay: The Falcons travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. The Falcons have won 3 straight games, including the 2016 NFC Championship, against the Packers. However, this will be a difficult test as the Falcons will play in cold weather conditions in what will most likely be a crucial game that will shape up the NFC playoff picture.