Tough Schedule Favors Falcons

Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season is still a full five months away but the Falcons have to be happy with the schedule -except for maybe the early bye week. Albeit a tough one (it was a tough one last year), the Dirty Birds play all of their open air cold weather opponents early in the season. Atlanta opens up with the Bears. There isn’t a better time to play in the Windy City than September -hot with a tinge of southern humidity. It will be a rematch of SB LI in week 7 when the Brotherhood travels to Gillette Stadium to battle the Patriots. Sure the northeast is chilly in late October but it will be positively balmy compared to December.  One week later Atlanta travels down to the Meadowlands to face the JETS.  It will be the Falcons last outdoor game in the northern climes. Having the week off after just 4 games means a long 12 game stretch lies ahead.

 

BearsAT BEARS
Sun, September 10, 2017
1:00 PM EDT

 

PackersPACKERS
Sun, September 17, 2017
8:30 PM EDT

 

LionsAT LIONS
Sun, September 24, 2017
1:00 PM EDT

BILLS
Sun, October 1, 2017
1:00PMEDT

BYE

DOLPHINS
Sun, October 15, 2017
1:00 PM EDT

AT PATRIOTS
Sun, October 22, 2017
8:30 PM EDT

AT JETS
Sun, October 29, 2017
1:00 PM EDT

AT PANTHERS
Sun, November 5, 2017
1:00 PM EDT

COWBOYS
Sun, November 12, 2017
4:25 PM EDT

AT SEAHAWKS
Mon, November 20, 2017
8:30 PM EDT

BUCCANEERS
Sun, November 26, 2017
1:00 PM EDT

VIKINGS
Sun, December 3, 2017
1:00 PM EDT

SAINTS
Thu, December 7, 2017
8:30 PM EDT

AT BUCCANEERS
Mon, December 18, 2017
8:30 PM EDT

AT SAINTS
Sun, December 24, 2017
1:00 PM EDT

PANTHERS
Sun, December 31, 2017
1:00 PM EDT

Kyle Larson Sweeps the Weekend in Fontana

Kyle Larson completed a weekend sweep at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. The California native captured the pole with a blistering effort on Friday, won the Xfinity race on Saturday, and then capped off his homecoming weekend by winning the Monster Energy Auto Club 400 on Sunday.
Larson, who had finished second in each of the previous three weeks in the Cup competition, used his dominating performance in Fontana to stretch his lead in the standings to 29 points over second-place Chase Elliott.
Not only is he the series points leader, but the victory in Fontana all but assures him a spot in the 10-race Cup playoffs.
In a post-race interview with NASCAR.com, Larson confessed, “It seems like every time I get to the lead at the end of one of these things, the caution comes out and I’ve got to fight people off on restarts.” He would go on to say, “Our Target Chevy was amazing all day. We were able to lead a lot of laps today. (Martin) Truex was better than us that second stage by quite a bit. We were able to get the jump on him the following restart and led pretty much the rest of the distance.”
Larson’s only other Cup Series win came at another 2 mile oval in Michigan.
The Monster Energy series now heads back east after the 3 race west coast swing. Next up is the challenging ½ mile paperclip known as Martinsville Speedway.

Season Standings after Fontana:

1 Kyle Larson
2 Chase Elliott
3 Martin Truex Jr.
4 Brad Keselowski
5 Joey Logano
6 Kyle Busch
7 Ryan Blaney
8 Clint Bowyer
9 Jamie McMurray
10 Kevin Harvick

Gallery: all photos Sami Ayyat / Core360 Sports