NFL Schedule Release: Atlanta Falcons’ 5 Biggest Games of 2014

Falcons' 5 Biggest Games of 2014

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The schedules for the 2014 NFL season were released last night and now all 32 teams have an idea of what challenges lie ahead. The Atlanta Falcons are looking to bounce back from a poor 2013 performance, so let's take a look at their five biggest games in the upcoming season.

Week 1 vs. New Orleans Saints

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Week 1 vs. New Orleans Saints

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The outcome of a heated rivalry game between the Falcons and Saints always seems to come down to the last possession. It did last season, but Atlanta fell just short in the home opener in New Orleans. A divisional win to kick off the season would be a huge confidence booster for the Falcons.

Week 2 @ Cincinnati Bengals

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Week 2 @ Cincinnati Bengals

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The Bengals have been packing a tough defense as of late and the Falcons' subpar offensive line is going to have to step it up in order to protect Matt Ryan and go home with the victory. Cincinnati can also have a pretty dangerous offense when Andy Dalton is hot. If the Falcons' defense performs like it did last year, then the team will have a difficult time.

Week 7 @ Baltimore Ravens

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Week 7 @ Baltimore Ravens

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Like Atlanta, Baltimore is also looking to better its play in 2014. Even after the departure of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, the Ravens managed to stay somewhat solid on defense. With a strong performance by Matt Ryan, Atlanta is capable of picking apart Baltimore's secondary. The Falcons will need to play their best football in order to outperform John Harbaugh's squad.

Week 11 @ Carolina Panthers

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Week 11 @ Carolina Panthers

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Division rivalries are always tough, especially against a solid Carolina team. The reigning NFC South Champions are seeking to defend their title. Can the Falcons help prevent the Panthers from snagging it for a second consecutive year? Returning home with the division victory would be crucial heading into the final stretch of the season.

Week 14 @ Green Bay Packers

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Week 14 @ Green Bay Packers

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A primetime meeting at Lambeau Field could be brutal for Atlanta. However, I think the Falcons are still looking to get their revenge on the Packers for the beat-down Green Bay put on the Dirty Birds (in the Georgia Dome) in the 2011 playoffs. Returning the favor on a Monday night matchup would be a huge boost of confidence.


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