The NFL released its 2013 regular-season schedule Thursday night. The Atlanta Falcons will play in five prime-time games this season, topping last year's four.
A list of the Falcons 2013 opponents came out in December last year, but now we know the time and date of each game ahead. Here's the full breakdown.
|Sep. 8||1 p.m.||@New Orleans Saints||FOX|
|Sep. 15||1 p.m.||St. Louis Rams||FOX|
|Sep. 22||4:05 p.m.||@Miami Dolphins||FOX|
|Sep. 29||8:30 p.m.||New England Patriots||NBC|
|Oct. 7||8:40 p.m.||New York Jets||ESPN|
|Oct. 20||1 p.m.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||FOX|
|Oct. 27||4:25 p.m.||@Arizona Cardinals||FOX|
|Nov. 3||1 p.m.||@Carolina Panthers||FOX|
|Nov. 10||1 p.m.||Seattle Seahawks||FOX|
|Nov. 17||1 p.m.||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||FOX|
|Nov. 21||8:25 p.m.||New Orleans Saints||NFLN|
|Dec. 1||4:05 p.m.||@Buffalo Bills||FOX|
|Dec. 8||8:30 p.m.||@Green Bay Packers||NBC|
|Dec. 15||1 p.m.||Washington Redskins||FOX|
|Dec. 23||8:40 p.m.||@San Francisco 49ers||ESPN|
|Dec. 29||1 p.m.||Carolina Panthers||FOX|
This is the fourth straight season the Falcons have started off on the road, but they have plenty of home games early on in the 2013 NFL schedule. The Falcons' success is finally being rewarded, too, with multiple chances to shine on the national stage. Looks like we can't complain about the lack of coverage this time around.
The schedule is undoubtedly tougher than a year ago, but the Falcons have a great team that should be even stronger if the draft goes well. Count us among those more excited than worried. A comforting sign?
Toughest 2013 strength of schedules: Carolina (.543), Detroit (.539), NO (.539), St. Louis (.539), Baltimore (.535). Easiest: Denver (.430)— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) April 18, 2013
Looks like the NFC South is in for a tough road ahead. What are your thoughts on the schedule?