Ranking the Falcons 2022 regular season games from easiest to hardest
6) Week 16: @ Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens were right in the middle of a tight AFC North race last year even though they struggled and ended up not making the postseason, unfortunately, the Falcons have to play each of the four AFC North teams, all of which finished the season with a better record than Atlanta.
This is a team that always has a tough defense and physical running game, and this year will be no different. They get back Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, and J.K. Dobbins from injury. It might just be a bounce-back season for all of them.
With the Ravens’ offense being centered around the run game, with Lamar Jackson leading the way, it might be a rough matchup for the Falcons. They do not have the interior linemen to stuff the run and their linebackers are undersized for the most part.
Safe to say, this will not be an easy game for Atlanta especially since they have to travel to Baltimore in December.
5) Week 6: vs. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers pulled off a couple of upsets last postseason by beating the Cowboys and Packers before losing to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Rams. This is a rare team that has flourished without a superstar quarterback.
Now, they are taking a chance by relying on Trey Lance who *could* take this team to the next level with his talent.
That is what scares you about this team, if they can make it that far with an average quarterback, what can they do with Trey Lance if he pans out like they think he will?
Having a committee of running backs, George Kittle, and Deebo Samuel with Kyle Shanahan calling plays is simply deadly, but their defense is no slouch either with the likes of Nick Bosa and Fred Warner. This is a complete team as long as their young quarterback shows out.
4) Week 9: vs. Los Angeles Chargers
This is one of the two extremely talented teams in Los Angeles, both of which have Super Bowl aspirations for this season.
The Chargers have an electric quarterback named Justin Herbert. He also has weapons all around him with Mike Williams, Keenan Allen, and Austin Ekeler. Williams and Allen are both big, physical receivers and Ekeler is one of the best pass-catching backs in the league and a touchdown machine.
On the other side, the defense has Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa tracking down the quarterback with J.C. Jackson and Derwin James locking down the backend. Scary, scary, scary.
If the Falcons can shut down the top two receivers and limit Ekeler, then maybe they can win, but let’s not count on it, at least not until we see more of this Falcons team.