The Falcons begin preseason action on Thursday when they take on the Baltimore Ravens of the AFC. The voting on NFL.com has the Ravens as the favorite to win, but for football fans it will just be exciting to see the game back. July is often the most difficult month in sports unless July baseball gets your juices flowing.
Falcons fans get to watch their offense go against the most respected defense of the last decade, albeit in preseason action, but it will be the first impression the team gives. Moving further into the preseason schedule, it's Bengals, Dolphins and Jaguars.
These could all be wins for Atlanta, as Baltimore likely presents the most difficult test, while the Bengals are the only other playoff team from last season on the schedule.
You can view the complete preseason schedule here.