The Atlanta Falcons schedule is one of the toughest in the league once again in large part because of their road games.
The 2020 NFL schedule was not kind to the Atlanta Falcons as they have the toughest road schedule among all NFL teams. Fans could be in for another long season if this coaching staff does another poor job of preparing the players to play every week.
Not only does the Atlanta Falcons road schedule include three tough division games as usual at New Orleans, Tampa Bay, and Carolina, but the other five road games will also be no easy task for the Falcons to win more than three games.
Five of the Falcons eight road opponents in 2020 made the playoffs in 2019. This is comprised of the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, and Kansas City Chiefs.
It’s no secret how poorly the Falcons have played against the AFC during Dan Quinn’s tenure as head coach, especially on the road. Overall, Quinn is just 7-14 against the AFC.
To make matters worse, the Falcons will play arguably the best division in the AFC in 2020, which is the AFC West. Two of their road games against this division will be at Los Angeles against the Chargers and at the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City near the end of the year.
There is a silver lining for the Falcons when looking at their road schedule. They only play back-to-back road games once. These games are in December and are the last two games of their season, at Kansas City and Tampa Bay, respectively.
The only cold-weather game on the Falcons schedule is the second last game of the season in Kansas City. Late December games in KC usually bring cold, wintry weather as well as a hostile environment in one of the NFL’s most passionate cities.
The Falcons tend to play fairly well on the road in general.
Since Matt Ryan‘s rookie season in 2008, they have had eight seasons of playing at least .500 on the road or better. Four of those seasons have produced winning road records.
Now to the tough part. In what is usually the toughest stretch of the season when the playoffs are on the line and teams are beat up physically and mentally, the Falcons play three of their final four games on the road.
Winning on the road in the NFL is always a tall order. When looking at the Atlanta Falcons road schedule in 2020, it is realistic to say that a below .500 record on the road is most likely in the works.
Falcons nation will be pleasantly surprised if they are able to somehow pull off two or three upsets on the road. While stranger things have happened this will be a daunting task for the Falcons anyway you slice it.