Like it or not, you’re probably watching the Falcons play the Bears on Sunday. What we’re hoping for is that the game is enjoyable to watch, like the first half of Falcons-Cowboys, and not a horrifying slow motion train wreck, like the second half of Falcons-Cowboys.
I don’t have to tell you that it’s critical that Atlanta comes out of this weekend with a win. Something like 6 times since 1980 have overcome an 0-3 start, and the Falcons have six typically close games against the NFC South and games against the Packers, Chiefs, and other legitimate contenders on the docket ahead of them. They need to take care of business in Chicago to stay afloat, especially because the Bears are one of the easiest matchups on the schedule despite their 2-0 record.
If you are watching, you’ll find what you need to know below.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago Bears, Week 3
When: Sunday, September 27, 1:00 p.m. EST
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Announcers: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Key Questions: Will the Falcons be able to put up gobs of points against arguably the best defense they’ve faced thus far? Can the Bears keep pace if the Falcons do start rolling? Will injured players like Takk McKinley and Julio Jones be ready to go in time for kickoff, and what happens if they’re not?
Prediction: I do not want to predict a Falcons win, not after the last two weeks. I have a feeling I’ll be eating crow again. However, we’re going for it. Falcons 34-Bears 31.
SB Nation Opposition Site: Windy City Gridiron
2020 Falcons Schedule (0-2)
Week 1: Loss vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 2: Loss at Dallas Cowboys
Week 3: vs. Chicago Bears — Sunday, September 27, 1:00 p.m.
Week 4: at Green Bay Packers — Monday Night Football, October 5, 8:15 p.m.
Week 5: vs. Carolina Panthers — Sunday, October 11, 1:00 p.m.
Week 6: at Minnesota Vikings — Sunday, October 18, 1:00 p.m.
Week 7: vs. Detroit Lions — Sunday, October 25, 1:00 p.m.
Week 8: at Carolina Panthers — Thursday Night Football, October 29, 8:25 p.m.
Week 9: vs. Denver Broncos — Sunday, November 8, 1:00 p.m.
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: vs. New Orleans Saints — Sunday, November 22, 1:00 p.m.
Week 12: vs. Las Vegas Raiders — Sunday, November 29, 1:00 p.m.
Week 13: at New Orleans Saints — Sunday, December 6, 1:00 p.m.
Week 14: at Los Angeles Chargers — Sunday, December 13, 4:25 p.m.
Week 15: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, December 20, 1:00 p.m.
Week 16: at Kansas City Chiefs — Sunday, December 27, 1:00 p.m.
Week 17: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, January 3, 1:00 p.m.