A late start to the 2009 NFL season has just 3 games for Atlanta in the month of September.
The Falcons open at home against Miami. The Dolphins were another one of the big surprises in 2008, matching Atlanta’s 11-5 mark and a playoff berth. Certainly not one of the primetime matchups in week 1, but Atlanta fans will definitely be excited for the first football that counts in 9 months.
Week 2 keeps Atlanta at home against rival Carolina. Atlanta put 45 points on the Panthers late in 2008 to keep the divisional title within reach. New Orleans narrowly lost to Carolina in week 17, eliminating Atlanta from the divisional crown race. Always a good match-up. A little early in the season for two NFC South powers to meet in my opinion, but you do want to see where your team is at early on.
Week 3 takes Atlanta on the road to New England. Tom Brady is expected to be back and Atlanta rarely faces the Patriots. At least the weather will likely be better than a brutal December matchup at Foxboro. Atlanta’s defense will get a major test on September 27th.