ATLANTA, GA — Professional football returns after the Labor Day weekend, with all 32 National Football League teams kicking off play the week of Sept. 10-13, including the Atlanta Falcons.
The Atlanta Falcons will play their season opener on Sept. 13 against the Seattle Seahawks. The defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs will officially kick off the NFL season on Thursday, Sept. 10 at home against the Houston Texans.
The Falcons schedule:
WEEK 1: Sept. 13, 1 p.m. at home against the Seattle Seahawks. Watch on FOX.
WEEK 2: Sept. 20, 1 p.m. against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Watch on FOX. Tickets
WEEK 3: Sept. 27, 1 p.m. at home against the Chicago Bears. Watch on FOX.
WEEK 4: Oct. 5, 8:15 p.m. against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Watch on ESPN.Tickets
WEEK 6: Oct. 18, 1 p.m. against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Watch on FOX.Tickets
WEEK 8: Oct. 29, 8:20 p.m. against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Watch on FOX.Tickets
WEEK 10: Bye
WEEK 11: Nov. 22, 1 p.m. at home against the New Orleans Saints. Watch on FOX. Tickets
WEEK 14: Dec. 13, 4:25 p.m. against the Los Angeles Chargers at SOFI Stadium. Watch on FOX. Tickets
WEEK 16: Dec. 27, 1 p.m. against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Watch on FOX. Tickets.
WEEK 17: Jan. 3, 1 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Watch on FOX.
Find more details on the Atlanta Falcons full regular season schedule here.
The NFL is on track to become the first major professional sports league to start a season on time during the coronavirus pandemic. Popular off-season events such as the NFL Draft were held in virtual formats, and all preseason games were canceled to help prevent further spread of the virus.
That means the regular season will take off with a number of intriguing story lines, none greater than how two teams in particular will fare after a big shakeup.
Eyes will be on six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady as he takes his first snaps as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots.The Patriots, and their own six-time Super Bowl winning head coach Bill Belichick, seek to add to their record of 11 consecutive division championships without Brady.
Opening week will feature four prime-time games, including the Texans-Chiefs. The Dallas Cowboys will visit the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night, Sept. 13 and the first Monday night of the season will have two games scheduled: the Pittsburgh Steelers at the New York Giants and the Tennessee Titans at the Denver Broncos.
The most noticeable difference between the 2020 NFL season and years past, other than perhaps seeing Brady in a Buccaneer uniform, will be the absence of packed stadiums and loud crowds.
Some teams are allowing fans to enter the stadium at a certain capacity, but others, like the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears, have made statements saying games will be played without fans for at least the first month of the season.
The Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins are among the teams planning to allow a small capacity of fans at home openers, according to ESPN.
Teams are still set to play a full set of 16 games in 2020, with an additional playoff game in both the National Football Conference and American Football Conference, added to the schedule. The move to add a seventh playoff team in each conference, and by effect another game, was approved by the league before the pandemic.