Falcons’ Schedule Presents Extra Challenge

Falcons’ Schedule Presents Extra Challenge

Jay Adams

Published June 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM

We already know that the Falcons’ 2013 schedule is difficult, facing teams with a combined 2012 record of 107-99-2 and five of last year’s playoff teams. BuffaloBills.com’s Chris Brown did a little extra legwork and discovered that the Bills and the Falcons have a little bit of an extra challenge in 2013.

Brown reports that Buffalo will play against five different teams in 2013 that will receive extra rest before facing the Bills — the most in the league. Just behind Buffalo, the Falcons will face four teams with extra rest, good enough for second-most in the league by themselves.

Here are the four teams that will receive extra rest before facing the Falcons:

  • Arizona Cardinals – The Cardinals host Seattle on Thursday Night Football on Oct. 17 and will get about 10 days to prepare to face the Falcons on Oct. 27 (Week 8).
  • Carolina Panthers – The first meeting between the Falcons and Panthers will allow Carolina to, also, come off about 10 days’ preparation after they face Tampa Bay on Thursday Night Football on Oct. 24. The Falcons travel to Carolina for a Week 9 matchup.
  • Buffalo Bills – The Falcons will get some extra rest themselves, facing New Orleans on Thursday Night Football on Nov. 21, before traveling to Toronto to play the Bills, but the Bills will be coming off their bye week.
  • Green Bay Packers – The week after playing Buffalo, the Falcons will travel to Green Bay for a Dec. 8 Sunday Night Football date with the Packers. Green Bay, however, will be coming off their Thursday Night Football game and get extra rest before hosting Atlanta.

View the Falcons’ 2013 schedule here, and the full NFL schedule here.

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