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Falcons 2021 schedule released, will kick off with game against Eagles

The Falcons 2021 regular season schedule is officially set.

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As we eagerly await the start of the 2021 season, we’re one step closer today. We’ve known who the Atlanta Falcons’ 2021 opponents are for a while now, but now we officially know when games will take place as the NFL has released the schedules for all 32 teams.

As leaked earlier, the Falcons will kick off the new season against the Eagles at home. They’ll also get their London game and bye week out of the way early, which means the heart of the schedule comes late in the year, including a brutal January road trip to Buffalo. It’s not the hardest schedule on paper, but Atlanta won’t lack for challenging matchups.

Still, if you’re the optimistic sort about this year, this coaching staff, and these players, you won’t find anything lethal here. Atlanta has three prime matchups early on against the Eagles, Giants and Jets, and aside from that tough Week 13-15 swing where they draw the Bucs, Panthers, and 49ers with just one home game, there are no truly brutal stretches ahead of them this year. Weeks 5-11 aren’t easy, either, especially with so much travel. Still, Atlanta can go as far as their improvement (or lack thereof) will allow this year, because barring any huge surprises, this simply is an easier slate than they had last year, with a coaching staff we all expect to be at least a mild upgrade on 2020.

They’ll also only have one primetime game in their first season under the new regime, a Thursday Night Football tilt against the Patriots. Aside from a 4:05 west coast game against the 49ers, an early 4:05 start in Week 3 against the Bucs, and the 9:30 a.m. start in London, every single Falcons game in 2021 will land at 1 p.m. EST.

The full schedule is below.

2021 Falcons preseason schedule

Week 1: vs. Tennessee Titans, Friday, August 13

Week 2: @ Miami Dolphins, Saturday, August 21

Week 3: vs. Cleveland Browns, Sunday, August 29

2021 Falcons regular season schedule

Week 1: vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. Sunday, September 12

Week 2: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:05 p.m., Sunday, September 19

Week 3: @ New York Giants, 1 p.m., Sunday, September 26

Week 4: vs. Washington Football Team, 1 p.m., Sunday, October 3

Week 5: vs. New York Jets, 9:30 a.m. in London on Sunday, October 10

Week 6: BYE WEEK

Week 7: @ Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m., Sunday, October 24

Week 8: vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., Sunday, October 31

Week 9: @ New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., Sunday, November 7

Week 10: @ Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m., Sunday, November 14

Week 11: vs. New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m., Thursday, November 18

Week 12: @ Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m., Sunday, November 28

Week 13: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m., Sunday, December 5

Week 14: @ Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., Sunday, December 12

Week 15: @ San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m., Sunday, December 19

Week 16: vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m., Sunday, December 26

Week 17: @ Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m., Sunday, January 3

Week 18: vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., Sunday, January 9