5 predictions to bank on for the Atlanta Falcons in 2020

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
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Losing record on the road

For as navigable as the home slate could be for the Falcons, there is a pathway for the Dirty Birds to lose all of their road games in a worst case scenario. Of course, that doesn’t seem likely, but with the way it’s setting up for them, it’s hard to see them winning more than three games away from Mercedes-Benz Stadium this season.

Atlanta has to play all three of its divisional rivals away from home, per usual. The Falcons have road dates with the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs out of the AFC West, as well as road games against the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings out of the NFC North. Even the game vs. the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington won’t be easy either. This could get ugly.

There are a few games on the Falcons schedule that feel like certain losses. They aren’t winning at the New Orleans Saints in back-to-back years. That’s not how this rivalry works. Atlanta also has no chance of beating the Chiefs at Arrowhead. As for the other six road games, the Falcons could technically win any of them, but in how many of those games will they be road favorites? Exactly.

If Atlanta wins one road game, it will be at the rebuilding Carolina Panthers. Should Atlanta miraculously get to .500 on the road this fall, let’s add road wins over teams like the Chargers, the Cowboys or maybe even the Buccaneers for all we know. Wins at Green Bay and Minnesota are possible, but there will be more L’s than W’s away from The Benz for the Dirty Birds this fall.