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Atlanta Falcons 2013 regular-season schedule released

The schedule is out, and the Falcons have a tough, but not impossible slate.

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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.

Date Time Opponent Channel
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. 14 BYE
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?

Looks like the NFC South is in for a tough road ahead. What are your thoughts on the schedule?