Fun Facts About the Falcons’ 2012 Slate

Fun Facts About the Falcons’ 2012 Slate

Jay Adams

Published April 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

To much anticipation, the NFL released the 2012 schedule Tuesday night and the Falcons’ slate for the year looks interesting, indeed. With plenty of opinions out there on how the Falcons will finish up a year that isn’t even 24 hours old, I figured we’d get into some facts.

But not just any kind of facts. These are fun facts. So buckle up.

Click here to view the 2012 Atlanta Falcons schedule

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- The Falcons will not have back-to-back road or home games in 2012. They will alternate between games away and games at the Georgia Dome all season. The last time the Falcons had a season without back-to-back road or home games was in 1985. The Falcons went 4-12 that year.

- This marks the third year the Falcons will play the defending Super Bowl champions during the following regular season. The New York Giants come to the Georgia Dome on Dec. 16 for a 1 p.m. game.

- The Falcons will face four (ish?) new head coaches when they play Kansas City, Oakland, Tampa Bay and, for the sake of argument, let’s say New Orleans because of Sean Payton’s suspension. KC boasts the services of Romeo Crennel, who was the head coach at Cleveland from 2005-2008, and New Orleans interim head coach Joe Vitt was once an interim before, in 2005 with St. Louis. But Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano — while a head coach in the college ranks — has never had the top spot in the NFL and Oakland’s Dennis Allen is in his inaugural season as a head coach.

- In 2010, the Falcons’ road games accounted for 12,650 miles of air travel. Last season, just 7,998. With the 2012 schedule, the Falcons are looking at approximately 10,924 miles in the air.

- The Falcons’ longest trip in 2012: San Diego, at approximately 3,780 miles; The Falcons’ shortest trip: Carolina, at approximately 454 miles.

- The streak of Monday Night Football games against the Saints has been broken. Each of the past three years, the Falcons and Saints have met once on Monday Night Football. Not so this year, but the Saints’ visit to the Georgia Dome on Nov. 29 will be a primetime matchup on NFL Network.

- The Falcons have 161 all-time victories over their 2012 opponents. Since 2008, Atlanta owns a 22-16 record over the opponents it will face this year.

- The oldest stadium the Falcons will play in this season is San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, which held its first Chargers game in 1967. After that, Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium (opened in 1972) and then the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans (opened in 1975).

- Based on 2011 records of the Falcons’ 2012 opponents, Atlanta has the 24th hardest — or eighth easiest — schedule this year. Falcons’ opponents for 2012 went 125-131 last season.

- The Falcons will have their bye during Week 7 this year. The past two years, the bye came in Week 8 and the Falcons won their games immediately after the bye. In 2009, the bye was early, in Week 4, and the Falcons followed it up by trouncing San Francisco 45-10. The last time the Falcons lost after a bye was 2008, when the bye was in Week 7.

- Since 2008, the Falcons are 30-11 in indoor games, second only to New Orleans in that span among teams that play their home games indoors. After the bye week, the Falcons play just three outdoor games, only two of which after Nov. 1.

See? Wasn’t that fun?

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