NFL releases 2018 schedule for Atlanta Falcons

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
April 19, 2018

ATLANTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- The National Football League has announced the schedule for each of the league's 32 member teams, including the Atlanta Falcons.

Atlanta will help open the NFL's season on Sept. 6 in Philadelphia against the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles, in a matchup that features the two most recent NFC title holders. Atlanta fell to Philly in the second round of the playoffs a season ago.

The Dirty Birds will again be featured in primetime on two other occasions; in Week 7 against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football and on Thanksgiving night for a Thursday Night Football matchup in New Orleans against the arch-rival Saints in Week 12.

Atlanta will participate in their third Thanksgiving game, and first since 2007.

The season opens with five of the first seven games being played at home, and end with four of their last six on the road, including closing the year against division rivals Carolina and Tampa

The full Falcons schedule can be seen below. Home games are in all caps.

Week 1 - at Philadelphia
Week 2 - vs. CAROLINA
Week 3 - vs. NEW ORLEANS
Week 4 - vs. CINCINNATI
Week 5 - at Pittsburgh
Week 6 - vs. TAMPA BAY
Week 7 - vs. NEW YORK GIANTS - Monday Night Football
Week 8 - BYE
Week 9 - at Washington
Week 10 - at Cleveland
Week 11 - vs. DALLAS
Week 12 - at New Orleans - Thursday Night Football (Thanksgiving)
Week 13 - vs. BALTIMORE
Week 14 - at Green Bay
Week 15 - vs. ARIZONA
Week 16 - at Carolina
Week 17 - at Tampa Bay