Now that the dust has settled on the Falcons rollercoaster 2015 season, Arthur Blank is likely encouraged by the direction the franchise is taking. He has publicly re-stated his support of embattled GM Thomas Dimitroff and HC Dan Quinn’s first season showed promise that he can take the Falcons back where they want to go. With that in mind, we take a look at the opponents Atlanta will face in 2016 as they look to wrestle the NFC South title from Carolina HOME AWAY T.B. Buccaneers T.B. Buccaneers New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers Arizona Cardinals St Louis (LA) Rams San Fran. 49ers Seattle Seahawks Kansas City Chiefs Denver Broncos SD (LA) Chargers Oakland (LA) Raiders Green Bay Packers Philadelphia Eagles
Nice & Easy
With a new Head Coach in place, and possibly a new QB under center, the San Francisco 49ers could again be a team in flux in 2016. If the Falcons focus on fortifying their defensive line in the offseason, their talented secondary could easily dominate a 49ers passing game that no longer features a ‘premier’ Wide Receiver given Anquan Boldin is very much nearing the end of his career and can no longer command a game.
Divisional games are always tough, particularly away from home where the atmosphere is often hostile. When Atlanta travel to Carolina next season there will be added spice to the occasion since the Falcons played spoiler to the Panthers potential undefeated record in 2015. Cam Newton in particular will be looking to avenge by far his worst performance of the season as the Atlanta defence kept him in check all game.
Prime Time Potential
Any game featuring two premier passers in the NFL in Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers is always going to attract eyeballs. With Jordy Nelson scheduled to return next season and Julio Jones hoping to continue his scorched earth tour of the NFL the potential for aerial fireworks makes this matchup a mouth-watering prospect for TV executives.