The 2020 schedule for the Atlanta Falcons looks as if it will be a manageable one. Las Vegas says that the Falcons have the fifth toughest schedule based on how teams performed in 2019.
The Falcons play five teams that were in the playoffs last year, including the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
While each game is a must-win for the Atlanta Falcons, especially if Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff want to keep their jobs, the most important game on this schedule is their very first game.
The Falcons start their season off against the rival Seattle Seahawks.
Overall, the Seahawks lead the series between the teams 11-8. However, the teams are 2-2 in their last four meetings during the Dan Quinn era. This game will give us our first chance to see the new-look Falcons from both a personnel and a uniform standpoint.
The game against the Seahawks will be a home game which means they don’t have to travel to Seattle and deal with this team and the ”12th Man.” What makes this game so important is the fact that this game will set the tone for the season.
Russell Wilson is as dangerous as a quarterback you can play against in the league. Last season, he was talked about as being the league MVP while playing behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league.
The Seahawks will test the Falcons pass rush and their run defense. The defense of the Seattle Seahawks will try their best to rattle Matt Ryan and this will be the first chance for fans to see how they plan to use Todd Gurley in the offense.
If the Falcons do come out with a win in dominating fashion, this will lift the spirits of the entire fanbase, letting them know the Falcons came to play. If they start out the season with a tragic and deflating loss, the whispers that started at the beginning of last season will be nothing compared to what they will hear if they come out and play uninspired football and this season, the leash won’t be so long.