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NFL schedules: Falcons 2016 opponents finalized, and team will draw Eagles and Packers next season

The Falcons do have a tough slate, and now we know exactly who is on it.

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Thanks to the Sunday Night Football game, we finally know exactly who the Falcons will be playing this year. We were close just a week ago, but it took the Eagles beating the Giants and the Vikings triumphing over the Packers to set this thing in stone.

As I said a week ago, this is a tough slate on paper. The Panthers won't be a 15-1 team again, the Saints could look entirely different, and it's difficult to know what to expect from teams like Philadelphia, Oakland, and St. Louis, but there are few cupcakes here. The Falcons will just have to get better before they have to play these teams.


Carolina, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Arizona, San Francisco, Kansas City, San Diego, Green Bay


Carolina, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Seattle, Denver, Oakland, Philadelphia

We won't know the final schedule until the late spring or summer, but you can tell this will be a challenge. Share your misguided attempt at a record prediction with us in the comments.