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The Falcons catch a break with opponent bye weeks in 2017

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It’s a small advantage, but we’ll take it.

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The early bye week, the road games against the Patriots and Seahawks, and the late season run of NFC South contests may make you feel like the Falcons got a bit gipped with this schedule. You may feel that way even if you acknowledge that they could have landed a much more difficult slate.

For those of you feeling those unfair blues, we’ve got some good news.

The Falcons are one of the 14 teams who only face one team coming off a bye week, and that team is the Buccaneers, who have theirs in Week 11. Atlanta’s home for that contest, making it a relatively minor issue, even against what figures to be a tough Tampa Bay team. Otherwise, Atlanta’s lucky enough to not have to face any well-rested teams during the regular season.

The Falcons already figure to be one of the NFC’s best teams, and with a return to the Super Bowl on all of our minds, I’ll take any small advantage I can get.