Atlanta Falcons: Five Things We Learned From the Falcons Schedule

Atlanta Falcons Dan Quinn (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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TAMPA, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 30: Calvin Ridley #18 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a 7-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan #2 during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. The Falcons won 34-32. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

3. The Falcons Have A Chance To Finish The Season Strong

After the hectic November, the Falcons will get a respite to finish the season. The Panthers will be in Atlanta to start the month of December but after that the quality of opponent drops off significantly. Atlanta gets to finish the month with two out of division teams, San Francisco and Jacksonville. The Falcons will get to close the year on the road in Tampa Bay. December is a very long way off and it’s impossible to predict who will be good or bad that far into the future. But looking at those teams now, the Falcons can get into the playoffs with some serious momentum, the kind the team had when they made the Super Bowl a few years ago.

It’s unfair to assume the Bucs, Jaguars, and 49ers will all be bad, but let’s assume that they will be. That means the Falcons, coming off the month of hell, has a chance to lick their wounds and sharpen their teeth against the last month of the season in anticipation for the playoffs. Just like it’s impossible to predict if those three teams will be bad, it’s equally impossible to know how good or bad the Falcons will be. They could be leading the division or 0-12. It’s all up in the air. But if the Falcons put themselves in the position for postseason football, these three games will give the Falcons just what they need going into the playoffs.