FLOWERY BRANCH — A look at the teams on the Falcons’ schedule and how they have reconstructed their roster since the season’s end:
Falcons at Bears, Sept. 10
No longer with the Bears: The Bears parted ways with quarterback Jay Culter after eight seasons. Other losses include:
Key free agent signings: Mike Glennon, QB; John Jenkins, DT; Dion Sims, TE: Marcus Cooper, CB; Quintin Demps, SS; Markus Wheaton, WR; Mark Sanchez, QB; Bennie Cunningham, RB.
Draftees: Mitchell Trubisky, QB (first round); Adam Shaheen, TE (second); Eddie Jackson, S (fourth); Tarik Cohen, RB (fifth), and Jordan Morgan, OL (fifth).
Weaknesses: The Bears lack scoring punch. They averaged 17.4 points per game, tied for 28th in the NFL. In six games, the offense failed to score multiple touchdowns and scored more than 21 points only three times.
Strengths: Rookie running back Jordan Howard rushed for 1,313 yards last season to set a team record. The Bears are hopeful that former Georgia standout Leonard Pope can have a breakout season in his second year in the league.
Comment: When the NFC Champions roll into town the Bears will be trying to rebound from their worst season (3-13) since 1969. Six of those losses were by double-digit margins. They are trying to rebound from three consecutive last-place finishes in the NFC North. The have announced that Glennon will be the starter, but they may be tempted to get the Trubisky Era started.
Falcons at Miami Dolphins at 7 p.m. Aug. 10
Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers at 4 p.m. Aug. 20
Arizona Cardinals at Falcons at 7 p.m. Aug. 26
Jacksonville Jaguars at Falcons at 7 p.m. Aug. 31
Sept. 10 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m., Fox
Sept. 17 Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m. NBC
Sept. 24 at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. Fox
Oct. 1 Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m., CBS
Oct. 8 BYE
Oct. 15 Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m., CBS
Oct. 22 at New England Patriots, 8:30 p.m., NBC
Oct. 29 at New York Jets, 1 p.m., Fox
Nov. 5 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., Fox
Nov. 12 Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m., Fox
Nov. 20 at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Nov. 26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m., Fox
Dec. 3 Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m., Fox
Dec. 7 New Orleans Saints (Thur), 8:25 p.m., NBC/NFL Network/Amazon
Dec. 18 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mon). 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 24 at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., Fox
Dec. 31 Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., Fox
THE FALCONS 2017 DRAFT