The Atlanta Falcons, the defending NFC South champions will make four prime time appearances next season.
The Falcons will host Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles in their home opener on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, Sept. 18. Three weeks later, the Falcons will host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.
The Falcons will host Jacksonville on Thursday night, Dec. 15 and then travel to NFC South rival New Orleans for a Dec. 26 Monday Night Football.
The Falcons played three national televised game in 2007, but had been somewhat shunned by the league’s TV partners in wake of Vick going to federal prison.
The NFL is locked in a legal battle with the players basically over the distribution of revenues. The league’s owners locked the players out on March 11, after the players decertified their union. The two sides are currently in federal court-ordered mediation.
Negotiations will likely have to pick up steam if the season is to start as scheduled.
After winning the NFC South and being eliminated in the divisional round of the playoffs by the Packers, the Falcons will be attempting to post their fourth consecutive winning season. The Packers pummeled the Falcons 48-21 on Jan. 15 and went on to capture Super Bowl XLV.
The Falcons 2011 NFL Schedule
Week 1 –- Sept. 11 at Chicago, 1 P.M. (FOX)
Week 2 – Sept. 18 PHILADELPHIA, 8:20 P.M. P.m. (NBC)
Week 3 – Sept. 25 at Tampa Bay, 4:15 P.M. (FOX)
Week 4 – Oct. 2 at Seattle, 4:05 P.M. (FOX)
Week 5 – Oct. 9 GREEN BAY, 8:20 Green Bay P.M. (NBC)
Week 6 – Oct. 16 CAROLINA 1 P.M.. (FOX)
Week 7 – Oct. 23 at Detroit 1 P.M. (FOX)
Week 8 – BYE WEEK
Week 9 – Nov. 6 at Indianapolis 1 P.M. (FOX)
Week 10 – Nov. 13 NEW ORLEANS 1 P.M. (FOX)
Week 11 – Nov. 20 TENNESSEE 1 P.M. (CBS)
Week 12 – Nov. 27 MINNESOTA 1 P.M. (FOX)
Week 13 – Dec. 4 at Houston 1 P.M. (FOX)
Week 14 – Dec. 11 at Carolina 1 P.M.. (FOX)
Week 15 – Dec. 15 (Thur) JACKSONVILLE 8:20 P.M. (NFLN)
Week 16 – Dec. 26 (Mon) at New Orleans 8:20 P.M. (ESPN)
Week 17 – Jan. 1 TAMPA BAY 1 P.M. (FOX)
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog