BIRDLAND – The Falcons “hypothetical” 2011 schedule will be released at 7 p.m. Tuesday by the league on NFL Network.
I’m calling it a “hypothetical” schedule because releasing the schedule means that the lockout is going to end and that labor peace will be reached in time for there to be a 2011 season.
The Falcons will be attempting to post their fourth consecutive winning season. The defending NFC South champs will play a slightly less tougher schedule in 2011 than in 2010.
The Falcons’ opponents for next season, which were determined by a league formula, had a composite record of 126-130, or a winning percentage of .492.
Last seaso, their opponents were 127-129, for a .496 winning percentage.
In 2011, the Falcons will play seven games against opponents that made the playoffs.
Last season, the Falcons played seven games against teams that made the playoffs and posted a 4-3 record, with losses to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New Orleans. The wins were over New Orleans, Baltimore, Seattle and Green Bay.
Next year at home, the Falcons will play Green Bay (10-6), Minnesota (6-10), Jacksonville (9-7), Tennessee (6-10) and Philadelphia (10-6).
On the road, the Falcons will play at Chicago (11-5), Detroit (6-10), Houston (5-11), Indianapolis (10-6) and Seattle (7-9)
In addition, the Falcons will play home-and-away games against NFC South members New Orleans (11-5), Tampa Bay (10-6) and Carolina (2-14).
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog