Atlanta Falcons face NFL’s toughest schedule in 2016

The Atlanta Falcons have the NFL’s toughest schedule waiting for them in the 2016 season. To make it even harder, they’ll be long-distance travelers, too.

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Based on the 2015 records of their opponents, the Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers drew the most difficult schedules in 2016. The opponents for each team combined for a 142-114 record – a .555 winning percentage – last season.

Atlanta also will play the Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams jerseys on the road in 2016.

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The NFC South teams play the NFC West as their interdivision opponents and the AFC West as their interconference opponents this season, explaining the Falcons’ travel plans.

So perhaps the outlook shouldn’t be rosy as the Falcons count down to the final regular-season game in their home since 1992, the Georgia Dome, on New Year’s Day against NFC South rival New Orleans. In 2017, Atlanta will begin playing at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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NFL JerseysOn the other hand, Atlanta has shown a two-game improvement in each of the past two seasons, going from 4-12 to 6-10 to 8-8. Is 10-6 next?

The Falcons are scheduled to play in two prime-time games in 2016, both against division rivals. Atlanta visits the Saints for a Monday night game on Sept. 26 and visits the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a Thursday night game on Nov. 3.

Mike Smith, who was Atlanta’s head coach from 2008 through 2014, is starting his first season as Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator. Dan Quinn jerseys, who’s entering his second season as the Falcons’ head coach, came from his post as defensive coordinator for the Seahawks, and Atlanta visits Seattle on Oct. 16.

RB Jay Ajayi missed the season opener due to non-injury reasons

Jay Ajayi will not attend the season opener versus the Seattle Seahawks.

According to the official injured list, the Miami Dolphins running back’s absence does not ascribe the injury.

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Specific details surrounding Ajayi’s situation are scarce, but NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that Ajayi did not respond well to challenges about the Dolphin signed Arian Foster, his state of mind has been poor during the preseason. According to Miami media reports, an unnamed Dolphins player felt disappointed about his recent demotion behind Foster on the depth chart.

Ajayi was regard as the No.1 running back at the time of the offseason, but his position was quickly passed once Foster signed. Ajayi did not impress this preseason, but he will keep his role by considering his age and injury history.

Dolphin will ride Foster heavily in the ground attack when they face a stout Seahawks defense group. Can expected the Dolphins would deploy a quick passing attack in the case of mediocre backup running back.