The 2019 NFL schedule was released tonight at 8pm and the Atlanta Falcons have a few potential trap games on their schedule. Upsets in the NFL happen all the time but the Falcons need to make sure they are not looking past any opponent as they have the fourth toughest schedule in 2019.
The first trap game on the Atlanta Falcons schedule is going to be week four at home against the Tennessee Titans. For whatever reason the Falcons struggle against AFC teams and have a 1-7 record against the other conference the last two seasons. This season the Falcons will play the AFC South and the tougher opponents in the division (Colts and Texans) will be on the road. The Falcons will play the AFC South early this season as they play the Colts, Titans, and Texans weeks 3-5. The Colts and Texans were both in the playoffs last season so the Falcons need to make sure they do not look past the Titans in week four. Something seems fishy about this game just like the Bengals in week four last season.
The second trap game on the Falcons schedule is going to be in week eight at home against the Seattle Seahawks. During the Dan Quinn era, the Falcons have not been great the week before the bye, as they have a 1-3 record under Dan Quinn. Falcons have their bye week in week 9 this year and then will play the Saints in New Orleans the following week. There is no way Dan Quinn will look past the Seahawks, but the circumstances could be different around week eight. The Seahawks barely scraped into the playoffs this season and have not made many off-season moves to make the organization better. Seahawks are still thin on the offensive line and do not have a second round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Falcons need to be careful with this game.
The last trap game on the Falcons 2019 schedule is in week 12 at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The majority of NFL fans and media do not have confidence in the Buccaneers for 2019 and for good reason. The Bucs just let their best defensive player, Kwon Alexander, walk in free agency and brought in a whole new coaching staff. Bruce Arians is a good coach, but the given the talent on the Buccaneers roster, it will take a few seasons for them to compete for the division. Upsets happen all the time in the NFL and the Falcons have to stay focused on the Bucs in Week 12. This is a huge trap game because they will play the Saints the following week on Thanksgiving at home.
The Falcons will be put to the test in 2019. We will see if this team can improve against the AFC right away as they play three AFC teams in the first five weeks of the season. With the fourth toughest schedule in 2019, every game is a potential trap game if they don’t come ready to play.