The Atlanta Falcons' schedule is one of the hardest in the NFL based purely on strength of schedule, and now we'll know how the team's opponents actually line up.
For those of us who love to make irresponsibly early season predictions, this announcement and the draft are the two primary obstacles to doing so. Knowing the schedule will help us determine where the Falcons are most likely to trip up and where they might feast, and knowing the final results of the draft will at least help us grasp where the team's biggest remaining holes will be, and which opponents can take advantage of that. April is, in brief, an exciting month.
Look below for the announcement timing, the Falcons' 2016 opponents, and the preseason schedule.
NFL schedule announcement
When: Thursday, April 14, 8 p.m. EST
Channel: NFL Network
Where to Find: NFL.com
2016 Falcons Opponents
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
Falcons Preseason Schedule
Week 1: Washington Redskins, Time & Date TBD
Week 2: @Cleveland Browns, Time & Date TBD
Week 3: @Miami Dolphins, Thursday, August 25, 8 p.m. EST
Week 4: Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, September 1, Time TBD