Falcons’ 2011 schedule to be announced today

Falcons tackle Jose Valdez stretching today at the player's offseason strength and conditioning program. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)
Falcons tackle Jose Valdez stretching today at the player’s offseason strength and conditioning program. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

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

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April 18th, 2011
8:18 pm

I’m hitting to road to go see the Falcons at Soldier Field. Let’s hope that one is in September

i saw brent grimes

April 18th, 2011
8:23 pm

we get our revenge on the pack when they come to the dome


April 18th, 2011
8:47 pm

The caveat is that the slightly “weaker” schedule is by virtue of the Falcons (and the other 31 teams) schedule having a pre-determined rotation to play each NFC division every 3 years and AFC division every 4. Can’t help that or last years record of the teams in those divisions (DET, MIN, TEN).

This Gets Old!

April 18th, 2011
10:41 pm

If we beat the Pack then if the next game isn’t the NFC Championship game then it’s hardly revenge.

Arthur Blank

April 19th, 2011
12:59 am

I will sell the falcons if we dont beat the packers this year


April 19th, 2011
7:18 am

We owe them PACKERS I can’t wait for this game!!!! LETS GO FALCONS!!!

Season Ticker Holder

April 19th, 2011
7:51 am

Beating the Packers during the season is just a win. To get revenge, the Falcon must beat the Packers in a playoff game!!


April 19th, 2011
8:54 am

Here’s hoping we get the Thanksgiving Day game again in Detroit


April 19th, 2011
8:57 am

…..and I’m going to go out on a long (somewhat unstable) limb and proclaim now that Atlanta and Detroit will be playing in January for the NFC Championship.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 19th, 2011
9:07 am

I’m looking forward to writing the schedule story. Trying to block out that little labor squabble.


April 19th, 2011
10:43 am

little labor squabble?? I am a huge falcon fan and it is extreamly difficult to get excited about the upcoming draft….. So lets all hop something is settled soon


April 19th, 2011
12:13 pm

Whoa, James that is a bold prediction. I like it. Not sure about the Lions though, playoffs yes, Championship, eh… we’ll see


April 19th, 2011
12:18 pm

I will be at the Lions Falcons game this year. This will be the 1st game I’ve been too at Ford Field. I hope it’s on Thanksgiving rather than a Sunday. It would be hard to tell my Pator than his musician is going to miss service to watch a football game.


April 19th, 2011
12:26 pm

Almost forgot about the schedule…just not the same excitment this year…will look to see when the BYE is scheduled and breakdown of primetime games, etc. Nice to see the guys working out on their own.