The Atlanta Falcons along with the rest of the NFL will find out the exact order of their schedule later this week. The Atlanta Falcons just had a pretty good draft, rookie camps start this week, and fans are getting tantalized thinking football isn’t too far off. But it is.
When the NFL drops the schedule, there is one team the Atlanta Falcons should want to see come week one: the Dallas Cowboys. We all remember the epic collapse that was the Dallas game last year. Week two, up 20-0 at one point, up 15 with less than eight minutes to go and an onside kick failure.
The Atlanta Falcons need to avenge their worst loss of 2020 from the start.
What adds to this matchup is Dan Quinn is now on the staff of the Dallas Cowboys as their defensive coordinator. The man who couldn’t figure out how to stop blowing leads, who had a rope longer than a football field, and who was also at the helm of the Super Bowl collapse found a new home. After losing to Dallas last year, the Atlanta Falcons never quite recovered.
Quinn kept talking about resiliency and how pissed off he and the team were only for them to blow a 26-10 lead the next week. The Falcons have to travel to AT&T Stadium again this year, where there will no doubt be reminders of what happened in 2020.
It’s much like when they faced the Patriots the year after losing to them in the Super Bowl. Then, they showed up flat and got embarrassed.
This time around, there’s a new coach, there’s some young talent and Matt Ryan will still be at the helm. Ryan has a chance to show he can avenge bad losses, not just win the next week against another team but go back to the guy who stole your lunch money and gets it back.
There wouldn’t be a better statement win than if the Falcons go to Dallas in week one and walk out with a win.
Not only will it help boost morale for any player that’s leftover, but it’ll give us a chance to see what this team is really about. Keep in mind, Keanu Neal is on the other side too, this is starting to feel a lot like Deion Sanders going to an NFC opponent and staring down the Falcons sideline on a pick-six.
If the Atlanta Falcons are serious about their goals to compete for a championship, if they want to prove they are a team that can make some noise in the NFC, they should want nothing more than to start on the road against America’s team and dominate them.
And hey, it would be even better on Sunday Night Football.