The Atlanta Falcons today announced their 2012 preseason schedule which includes home contests against Baltimore (date to be determined) and Cincinnati on Thursday, August 16 and road meetings at Miami, on a date to be determined, and Jacksonville to August 30. CBS Atlanta will broadcast three of the Falcons four preseason games in 2012 as the team's official broadcast partner. The Falcons game against Cincinnati will be broadcast nationally on FOX on Thursday, August 16 at 8 p.m.
The Falcons will open the 2012 preseason at the Georgia Dome against the Baltimore Ravens. The time and date of the game has not yet been determined. Atlanta and Baltimore have met in the preseason in seven of the last nine years, including a 21-7 Ravens win at the Georgia Dome in 2011. The Falcons trail 5-3 in the all-time preseason series and head coach Mike Smith owns a 2-1 preseason record against the Ravens.
The Falcons will face the Cincinnati Bengals for the first time since 2007 and the 11th time overall on Thursday, August 16, at 8 p.m. in a nationally televised contest on FOX. Cincinnati topped Atlanta 24-19 at the Georgia Dome in the last meeting between the two clubs in 2007, and the Falcons own a 6-4 lead in the all-time preseason series.
The Falcons and Dolphins have met 11 times in the preseason, including each of the last two seasons with Atlanta leading the series 6-5. Smith owns a 1-1 record against the Dolphins in preseason play, including a 28-23 loss at the Georgia Dome in the 2011 preseason.
Atlanta will close out preseason play at Jacksonville on Thursday, August 30. The Falcons will battle the Jaguars for the third straight year and the ninth time in the preseason. The Falcons fell to the Jaguars, 15-13 in 2011 and trail 5-3 in the all-time preseason series.
The regular season schedule is traditionally released by the NFL prior to the draft.
Week 1: vs. Baltimore, Date and time TBD, CBS Atlanta * Week 2: Thursday, August 16, vs. Cincinnati, 8 p.m., FOX (National) * Week 3: at Miami, Date and time TBD, CBS Atlanta * Week 4: Thursday, August 30, at Jacksonville, 6:30 p.m., CBS Atlanta