Falcons will open on national stage

After coming within 10 yards of the Super Bowl and having an active offseason, the Atlanta Falcons already figured to be in the spotlight as next season opens.

As it turns out, they’ll be on the national stage even before that. The Falcons will kick off their preseason at the Georgia Dome at 8 p.m. against Cincinnati in a nationally televised game (ESPN). In Week 2 of the preseason, they’ll travel to Baltimore to play the defending Super Bowl champions. The exact date and time for that hasn’t been set yet, but it will be between Aug. 15 and 19.

In Week 3 (Aug. 22-26), Atlanta will travel to Tennessee. The final preseason game will be at home against Jacksonville on Aug. 29, but the exact time for that has yet to be determined.