The Atlanta Falcons 2020 football schedule has been released by the NFL. Clearly, the NFL doesn’t think the Falcons will be any good in 2020.
As expected, the NFL did the Atlanta Falcons no favors in 2020. This team will face three of the best players in the NFL, which may be the most brutal start to the season the Atlanta Falcons have ever had.
Having to face Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, and Khalil Mack all in the first four weeks is a tough ask for anyone, let alone a team that is attempting to rebuild and rebound after back to back losing seasons.
The Atlanta Falcons will alternate home games for the first three months of the season and then finish 2020 with two difficult road games – at Kansas City and at Tampa Bay.
2020 will also see the Atlanta Falcons play just two prime time games, though that may end up being a plus for this team in 2020. There isn’t as much pressure when you are not “must-see TV” and the Falcons can just simply focus on playing football.
The good news is that the Falcons will play just five teams that made the 2019 NFL playoffs – Saints, Seahawks, Chiefs, Packers, and Vikings. They get the Seahawks at home but have to go to Kansas City, Green Bay, and Minnesota. Dome teams hate the cold so only having to face the Chiefs after October is ideal and will favor the Falcons.
Just like 2016, the Falcons will have their bye-week after the halfway point, this year in Week 10. The post-bye week schedule will feature the Raiders, Chargers, Saints, Bucs, and Chiefs. This could be very dangerous for the Falcons if they are in a fight for the playoffs late in the season.
For the first time since the 2015 NFL season, the Atlanta Falcons will have no holiday games as they will get Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s day all off.
With no minicamp on the horizon, there will be lots of time to dissect the 2020 Falcons schedule and find all the hidden nuggets possible.