Atlanta opens December with a visit from the Eagles. They have been a bit of a nemisis for the Falcons over the past few years. Atlanta was ousted a few times from the playoffs since 2000 by Philadelphia. Atlanta won the last time the teams played in Georgia, a 14-10 game that was the opening Monday Night game in 2005.
The Falcons then stay at home to host New Orleans. The Saints have upgraded their defense in the off-season, hoping to slow down Carolina and Atlanta in the NFC South.
Atlanta then travels to New York a second time, for a match-up with the J-E-T-S. How will the Jets new defense under Rex Ryan look? What about Brett Favre retiring? Will it be a snowy New York December day?
Post-Christmas (December 27th), the Falcons host the Bills in their 15th game. Terrell Owens and the circus come to town. Will the Bills be a playoff-bound team? Or will they implode leading to a wrestling match on the sidelines between T.O. and Trent Edwards?
Technically in January, the Falcons close the regular season (hopefully a primer for the playoffs or just resting some guys in the 2nd half) against Tampa Bay in the Florida sun.