Dante Fowler, Atlanta Falcons
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Falcons without true consecutive home games in 2021

The Atlanta Falcons 2021 schedule looks easy on paper, but from a traveling perspective, there won’t be many NFL teams spending more time on an airplane.

When the NFL revealed its schedule Wednesday night, 30 of the 32 NFL teams saw their slate would contain at least two consecutive games in their home stadium. The two teams without back-to-back home games in 2021 will be the Falcons and Chicago Bears.

Technically, the Falcons will play two straight home games, but one of them will be a neutral site contest against the New York Jets. The rest of the Falcons’ schedule does not have two weeks in a row where they play in Georgia.

On one hand, that was probably to be expected and maybe even a good thing. The NFL will expand its schedule to 17 games this fall with the extra game being a road contest for the entire NFC. So the Falcons went into the schedule reveal Wednesday night already shorthanded with eight home games and nine road contests.

Then weeks ago, the NFL announced the Falcons would host a game in London, dropping their number of home games to seven. With 17 contests to play, it was going to be hard to stack two straight home games.

The good news is the Falcons will not spend more than two consecutive games on the road at any point during the season. Still, with the trip to London and Santa Clara, the Falcons will rack up plenty of miles.

Of the 30 teams with consecutive home games, nine of them will play in their home stadium for three straight contests. Seven of those teams are in the AFC, which again, is the conference with the extra home game this season. The two NFC teams with a schedule containing three straight home games are the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings.

Here is the full 2021 schedule, including preseason games, for the Falcons: