I wasn't planning on discussing the remaining Falcons' schedule before the midway point of the season, but with plenty of angst and questions flying about this team, I figured it was time to dust off the remaining slate and understand why optimism is still warranted.
2015 Falcons Remaining Schedule
Week 7: @Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m., Sunday, October 25
Week 8: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m., Sunday, November 1
Week 9: @San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m., Sunday, November 8
Week 10: BYE WEEK
Week 11: Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m., Sunday, November 22
Week 12: Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m., Sunday, November 29
Week 13: @Buccaneers, 1 p.m., Sunday, December 6
Week 14: @Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., Sunday, December 13
Week 15: @Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m., Sunday, December 20
Week 16: Panthers, 1 p.m., Sunday, December 27
Week 17: Saints, 1 p.m., Sunday, January 3
Bluntly, there's not a game on the docket that isn't winnable for the Falcons. That doesn't mean they're going to run the table, of course, but if they play the kind of football they're capable of playing, this schedule is extremely doable. The chief trouble spots are the Panthers road game in Week 14, the road game against San Francisco, and the two home games against Indianapolis and Minnesota. If that doesn't strike you as a murderer's row of opponents, that's because it isn't.
I still have the Falcons as an 11-5 football team, though a win more or a win less wouldn't be very surprising at all. I think they'll lose to the Colts, the Vikings, the Panthers, and drop one of their five remaining NFC South games along the way en route to that record. All in all, an 11-5 season would represent a remarkable turnaround and would almost certainly put the Falcons in the playoffs, so quibble but don't fret if you're more bullish than I am.
Please share your projected win/loss total and your thoughts on the schedule ahead.