Atlanta Falcons release 2014 schedule, will start season at home

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. (File)

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. (File)

The Atlanta Falcons 2014 schedule was released Wednesday and includes two nationally televised games, including an appearance on Thursday Night Football against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Week 3) and a Monday Night matchup at Green Bay (Week 14).

Along with a pair of primetime games, Atlanta will also host the Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium (Week 13) in London, England.

In 2014, the Falcons will face their customary NFC South rivals, Carolina, New Orleans and Tampa Bay both at home and on the road. Atlanta also will travel to play the NFC East’s New York Giants and host the Arizona Cardinals.

Under head coach Mike Smith, the Falcons have posted a 60-36 (.625) overall record, which is tied for the sixth-best record in the NFL over the last six seasons.

The Falcons open the season at home for the first time since 2009 when they host the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. Atlanta travels to Cincinnati for the first time since 2006 in Week 2. The trip marks the 13th meeting between the Falcons and Bengals and the first since a 39-32 Falcons win at the Georgia Dome in 2010.

Falcons 2014 schedule

Sept. 7 vs. New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Sept. 14 at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Sept. 18 vs. Tampa Bay, 8:25 p.m.

Sept. 28 at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Oct. 5 at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.

Oct. 12 vs. Chicago, 1 p.m.

Oct. 19 at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Oct. 26 vs. Detroit, at London, 9:30 a.m.

Nov. 2 OFF

Nov. 9 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Nov. 16 at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Nov. 23 vs. Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Nov. 30 vs. Arizona, 4:05 p.m.

Dec. 8 at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 14 vs. Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Dec. 21 at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Dec. 28 vs. Carolina, 1 p.m.