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Power Ranking the Atlanta Falcons' 2013 Schedule from Easiest to Hardest Games
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons didn't win the Super Bowl last year, but the NFL did give them quite a reward for going 13-3, winning the NFC South and reaching the NFC Championship Game.

The Falcons' 2013 regular-season schedule includes a Week 1 trip to the Superdome to play the New Orleans Saints in Sean Payton's first game back from his suspension, a Week 16 Monday night game at San Francisco, a Sunday night game in December at Lambeau Field, a game in Toronto against the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots' first trip to Atlanta since the 2005 season.

In a quarterbacks' league, one of the best ways to evaluate the difficulty of an NFL team's schedule is to look at the caliber of the quarterbacks the team will be facing.  In 2013, the Falcons will play against a talented group of signal-callers headlined by Tom Brady, Drew Brees (twice), Aaron Rodgers, Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton (twice), Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III.

While in reality there are no "easy" games in the NFL, for the sake of discussion we're going to take a shot at ranking the 16 games on the Atlanta Falcons' 2013 regular-season schedule on paper from easiest to hardest. 

We determined our rankings based on whether the game is a home or away game, where the game falls on the schedule (to account for weather, short/long breaks between non-Sunday games), the Falcons' recent history against each team and the quality of the opposition's projected starting quarterback.

 

All historical stats and data gathered from Pro-Football-Reference.com

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