The Falcons (4-11) opened as 4.5 point underdogs against Tampa Bay (10-5) and if they lose, they’ll finish in last place in the NFC South.
Going into the regular season’s final week, 14 of the Falcons’ 16 games for the 2021 NFL season are set.
The Falcons are a game behind Carolina (5-10) and could slide into third place with a win and a Carolina loss, based on strength of schedule.
If the Falcons hold at last place in the division, they would have to see who finishes in last place in the NFC North between Detroit and Minnesota.
The Falcons will play the NFC East and AFC East next season. They’ll host the NFC North team that finishes in the same spot as the Falcons and visit the NFC West team that finishes in the same spot. The current last-place team is San Francisco. The third-place team would be either the Rams or the Cardinals.
Still undetermined is the possible addition of a 17th game.
Here’s a look at the Falcons’ 2021 opponents:
Home: Washington • Patriots • Jets • Eagles • Lions/Vikings • Bucs • Saints • Panthers.
Away: 49ers/Cardinals/Rams • Bills • Cowboys • Dolphins • Giants • Bucs • Saints • Panthers
Note: A 17th game reportedly will be added.
Falcons’ 2021 draft position
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
2. New York Jets
3. Miami Dolphins (via Houston)
5. Cincinnati Bengals
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