Falcons release 2015 schedule

Chip Kelly will bring his Eagles into Atlanta to start the 2015 season.

Yes, we are getting closer to the 2015 season. The schedule is now out.

The exhibition season will begin Friday, August 14 when the Tennessee Titans visit the Georgia Dome. Will Marcus Mariotta take his first NFL snaps against the Falcons?

Atlanta will then take the trip north to play the Jets in week two for a Friday night game on August 21 at 7:30. The all-important week three opponent will be the Dolphins in Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, August 29 at 7:00 pm.

The Falcons close out the preseason on Thursday, September 3 at the Georgia Dome with the Baltimore Ravens the opponent.

Then the regular season will begin on Monday, September 14 when the Falcons will host Philadelphia on Monday Night Football. Who knows who the Eagles will have at quarterback in that one. The Falcons then travel to New York to face the New York Giants in week two on Sunday, September 20 at 1:00 pm.

It's off to Dallas for week three as the Falcons face the Cowboys on Sunday, September 27 at 1:00 pm. They'll face another team from Texas in week four as the Houston Texans come to the Georgia Dome on Sunday, October 4 to play at 1:00 pm.

The Falcons then host Washington on Sunday, October 11 in week five. They'll have a quick turnaround for week six when they play Thursday, October 15 in New Orleans against the hated Saints.

It's off to Nashville for week seven to play the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, October 25 at 1:00 pm. They'll be back home for week eight to host the Tampa Bay Bucs at the Georgia Dome on November 1 at 1:00 pm.

The Falcons then take off west to play the San Francisco 49ers at the new Levi's Stadium in week nine on Sunday, November 8. Then the Falcons take the next week off as the bye week on Sunday, November 15.

They will get back into action at home on Sunday, November 22 when the Indianapolis Colts hit the Georgia Dome. They'll have a second straight home game on Sunday, November 29 when the Vikings visit Atlanta for a 1:00 pm start.

Then it's a trip down south for the Falcons to play Tampa Bay on Sunday, December 6 at Raymond James Stadium. The Falcons will have a second straight road division game in week 14 when they play at Carolina on Sunday, December 13.

The third straight road game will come on Sunday, December 20 when they Falcons play in Jacksonville. Then the Falcons will have two straight home games to finish the season - versus Carolina at 1:00 pm on Sunday, December 27 and then versus New Orleans at 1:00 pm on Sunday, January 3.

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