Welcome to the second week of preseason, everyone! Tomorrow night will pit your Falcons, who you love and cherish and never ever get frustrated with, against the Kansas City Chiefs. KC has already said they’re playing their starters on offense for the full first half, and we’ll get to see if Dan Quinn gives in to the temptation to match that effort level, or does (what I think is) the smart thing and gets them out after a couple of series to evaluate the backups and young roster hopefuls.
We’ll be looking to see better from Duke Riley, who can erase a lot of doubt with a solid performance against the Chiefs’ first team offense. We’ll be looking to see whether Brandon Fusco can put a stranglehold on the right guard job, or whether Wes Schweitzer will be able to pull off the upset and stay in the battle. And we’ll be looking for clarification on what, exactly, is going to happen at returner, where I’m less certain than I am about any other position. Getting to play the Chiefs starters for a bit will be an excellent test for just about everyone.
You’ll need this essential information to watch the game tomorrow night with us, so bookmark this or screenshot it or write it in your notebook, whichever you prefer. We’ll see you here Friday night for the live discussion of the game.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Kansas City Chiefs Preseason Week 2
Time: Friday, August 17, 7:00 p.m. EST
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
TV Channel: CW
Streaming: NFL Gamepass
Announcers: Justin Kutcher and Coy Wire
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Odds: The Falcons are favored by somewhere between zero and one point, not that it ever matters
Prediction: Falcons lose, 24-10, not that it matters
Key Questions: How will standouts (Damontae Kazee, Jonathan Celestin, Deadrin Senat) and disappointing players (Duke Riley, Ito Smith as a runner, the entire reserve offensive line) fare against a Chiefs team that seems likely to keep it starts on the field for a while? Will Matt Bryant play? Will Atlanta break their one game preseason scoreless streak?!
SB Nation Opposition Site: Arrowhead Pride
2018 Falcons Schedule
Week 1: Falcons @ Eagles, Thursday Night Football - NFL Opener September 6 8:20 p.m.
Week 2: Falcons vs. Panthers, Sunday September 16 1:00 p.m.
Week 3: Falcons vs. Saints, Sunday September 23 1:00 p.m.
Week 4: Falcons vs. Bengals, Sunday September 30 1:00 p.m.
Week 5: Falcons @ Steelers, Sunday October 7 1:00 p.m.
Week 6: Falcons vs. Buccaneers, Sunday October 14 1:00 p.m.
Week 7: Falcons vs. Giants, Monday Night Football October 22 8:15 p.m.
Week 8: BYE WEEK
Week 9: Falcons @ Redskins, Sunday November 4 1:00 p.m.
Week 10: Falcons @ Browns, Sunday November 11 1:00 p.m.
Week 11: Falcons vs. Cowboys, Sunday November 18 1:00 p.m.
Week 12: Falcons @ Saints, Thursday Night Football - Thanksgiving November 22 8:20 p.m.
Week 13: Falcons vs. Ravens, Sunday December 2 1:00 p.m.
Week 14: Falcons @ Packers, Sunday December 9 1:00 p.m.
Week 15: Falcons vs. Cardinals, Sunday December 16 1:00 p.m.
Week 16: Falcons @ Panthers, Sunday December 23 1:00 p.m.
Week 17: Falcons @ Buccaneers, Sunday December 30 1:00 p.m.