The Atlanta Falcons returned to work at Flowery Branch with the start of the offseason training programs. Falcons head coach Mike Smith said, “It’s invigorating to have some activity here at Flowery Branch.” (Photo by Kent D. Johnson/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons are set to receive their schedule from the league office at 8 p.m. tonight.
We’ll have the digital release party right here, so check back shortly after 8 p.m.
The league previously announced that the home game against Detroit will be played at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at London’s Wembley Stadium.
I think Falcons coach Mike Smith ordered up an “all-nighter” for those not making the trip across the pond.
“I believe (playing early) is a new thing for the NFL,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “Breakfast with the Falcons. Everybody gets an opportunity eat breakfast. If they want to do their tailgating, they need to stay up all night.”
We already know what teams they’ll face, but will they face cold weather teams – Minnesota, Green Bay and New York – early in the fall or later in the season?
A trip to Baltimore or Cincinnati in December could also be chilly for a Dome team.
After going 4-12 and finishing in last place in the NFC South, there likely won’t be five nationally televised games in 2014.
Here are the opponents:
2014 AWAY GAMES — Carolina (12-4), Tampa Bay (4-12), New Orleans (11-5), Green Bay (8-7-1), Minnesota (5-10-1), Baltimore (8-8), Cincinnati (11-5) and New York Giants (7-9).
2014 HOME GAMES — Carolina, Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Detroit (in London) (7-9), Chicago (8-8), Cleveland (4-12), Pittsburgh (8-8) and Arizona (10-6).
Check back tonight to see complete Falcons and NFL schedules.
FALCONS’ DRAFT BOARD
–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown
–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz
–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat
–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims
–A look at Auburn DE Dee Ford
–A look at Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy
–A look at Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford
–-A look at Missouri DE Kony Ealy
–A look at Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro
–A look at Alabama S Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix
–A look at Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman
–A look at Buffalo LB Khalil Mack
–BLOG: A list of the confirmed players at LOCALS DAY on Tuesday
–BLOG: FSU linebacker Telvin Smith visited the Falcons on Monday
–Falcons check out Towson State RB Terrance West, CB Jordan Love (UGA transfer)
–MyAJC ($): Eye-test vs. Tape-measure test: Falcons must trust their eyes during draft prep.
–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons
–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17
–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks
–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014
–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal
–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing
–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets
–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.
–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina
–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry
–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language
MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES
–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness
–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves
–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries
–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester
–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah
–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson
–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai
2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL
–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron
–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray
–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons
–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons
–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day
–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day
–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day
–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing
–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day