Now that the NFL schedule is out, let’s take a look at the biggest game all 32 teams have to face during the 2019 season.
Schedule season is upon us, and football fans are now one step closer to the start of the 2019 NFL campaign with the release of the regular season schedule. Opponents have now been tied to dates, times, and TV networks, making the return of the NFL seem that much closer.
Not all games are created equal, and each team will be circling at least one game on their calendars that their coaches and players deem as the most important entering the season. Whether it is a playoff rematch, a revenge game for a key player, or a measuring stick against a divisional rival the definition of “big game” isn’t the same for every team.
With that in mind, we have taken the time to come up with what should be the biggest game for all 32 NFL teams over the course of the season. Our list is in alphabetical order, so we will get started in the NFC South with the Atlanta Falcons.
Atlanta Falcons: vs. New Orleans Saints
The Falcons missed the playoffs in 2018, leading to some shakeups on their coaching staff. Beleaguered offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian left and was replaced by former Buccaneers’ head coach Dirk Koetter, who will be charged with revitalizing an offense that underachieved last season.
The easiest path back to the postseason for Atlanta is to win the NFC South, and doing that will involve taking down the New Orleans Saints. The Saints and Falcons have one of the most underrated rivalries in the league, with their games often featuring a ton of points and high-flying offense.
The Falcons lost both matchups with the Saints last season, including a 43-37 shootout at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Week 3 that set the tone for the year for both teams. This could be a make-or-break year for Dan Quinn in Atlanta, and he will have the Falcons highly motivated to take down the Saints to try and re-establish supremacy in the division.
This game should also be a must-see matchup for the casual viewer as Drew Brees and Matt Ryan square off for what could be one of the last few showdowns between two of the best passers in the NFC.