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Falcons enter 2021 season with the NFL's third-easiest schedule

Atlanta Falcons
14 May 2021, 18:57 GMT+10

Kelsey Conway

The Falcons are looking to snap their three-year span of not making it to the playoffs and their schedule might set up them up with the best chance to do just that.

Atlanta has the third-easiest schedule in the NFL thanks to a .454 strength of schedule. This number is calculated by opponents' combined 2020 record. The Falcons plays only four teams who made the postseason last year: Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints, Washington Football Team and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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In 2020, the Falcons had the 24th most difficult schedule with the 16-game formula. The 17-game formula, which gave the Falcons a matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, changed the strength of schedule in favor of Atlanta. The Jaguars finished with a record of 1-15 in 2020.

Only the Philadelphia Eagles (.451) and Dallas Cowboys (.452) have easier schedules. The Falcons have only seven games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with one more home game taking place in London at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Atlanta's bye week will take place immediately after the Week 5 trip to London in Week 6 before a tough-five game stint against the Dolphins, Cowboys, Saints, Panthers and home prime-time matchup versus New England.

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