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  1. The only two teams he picked a full schedule for was Dallas and New England. Here is his pick and comment from both: Dallas - ‘This team (Falcons) I’m skeptical about’ in reference to the Falcons when picking Dallas to beat us. Picked Dallas to go 8-8. New England - He predicted NE to be 16-0. In picking us to lose to them he says, "I’m telling you, Falcons fans you know I hate you, it’s not the truth. Minus Shanahan this is a different team."
  2. Pick No. 31: Atlanta Falcons They wake up and find out they really did hold that lead in the Super Bowl. Yeah, the past three months have been a bad dream for the Falcons, who have to bounce back right away or forever fight the label of one-hit wonders who blew their big chance. They need to keep adding impact pieces on defense, since they have all the pieces on offense and just have to make sure things keep humming without Kyle Shanahan. Atlanta's dream pick, every year it seems, would be a pass-rusher. Give them Taco Charlton or Jordan Willis here, and maybe they can start to dream a little brighter again. The rest at the link: http://www.espn.com/nfl/draft2017/story/_/id/19210939/dream-2017-nfl-draft-scenarios-all-32-nfl-teams-best-case-scenarios-first-round
  3. Insider article so link may not work. Just posting the Falcons. Or if any others you'd like to see just let me know (or someone else with Insider access of they see it before me). Unless somebody wants to post the whole thing. Pretty long article as it would be 32 times the info I pasted below. NFC South By Andrew Potter Atlanta Falcons Biggest need: guard The retirement of starting right guard Chris Chester makes Atlanta's biggest need fairly obvious. Even before that retirement, though, the Falcons should have been looking for an upgrade at this spot, as Chester was one of the weaker starting guards in the league. The team has met with several offensive line prospects, the most exciting of whom is Western Kentucky's Forrest Lamp. Lamp is likely to be drafted well before Atlanta's 31st overall selection, however, especially in a draft widely considered weak for offensive linemen. Lamp's teammate Darrell Williams is a potential late-round or undrafted addition, one of several prospects the Falcons could pick up in the later rounds who would have a chance to make a quick contribution. Quiet need: defensive end Vic Beasley Jr.'s 15.5 sacks led the NFL during the 2016 regular season, but the Falcons' defense as a whole ranked only 18th in sacks, 24th with a 5.4 percent adjusted sack rate, and 27th with a 24.5 percent pressure rate. The entire rest of the Falcons roster barely outdid Beasley's one-man contribution, adding only 18.5 sacks to his total. Veteran Dwight Freeney remains unsigned after contributing late last year, and Brooks Reed and Adrian Clayborn are competent enough players, but the Falcons are very likely to hunt for an upgrade in a deep draft class for edge rushers. Not a need: running back The Falcons have one of the deepest, most dynamic and versatile running back corps in the league, with Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman and even third-stringer Terron Ward all capable of being effective both running in the team's zone scheme and catching passes out of the backfield. The loss of fullback Patrick DiMarco to Buffalo will hurt in both the running and receiving game, but his is an absence this talented stable of backs ought to be capable of overcoming. http://www.espn.com/nfl/draft2017/insider/story/_/id/19195836/2017-nfl-draft-depth-draft-guides-all-32-teams#NFC S
  4. When you were up 28-3 in the THIRD QUARTER? I don't think so.
  5. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel didn’t sign 2nd round tender by today’s deadline http://www.thefalcoholic.com/2017/4/21/15391878/atlanta-falcons-wide-receiver-taylor-gabriel-didnt-sign-2nd-round-tender-by-todays-deadline
  6. Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer The Atlanta Falcons were tied for the league's toughest schedule last season and were destined for failure yet responded with an 11-5 finish, an NFC South title, and an improbable Super Bowl berth. So what's in store this season? Well, the Falcons certainly have a chance to have success behind MVP Matt Ryan, star receiver Julio Jones, and an ascending defense, led by NFL sacks leader Vic Beasley Jr. and returning Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant. Here are game-by-game predictions on how the Falcons might fare in 2017: Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 10, at Chicago Bears, 1 p m. ET The perfect cure for a Super Bowl hangover is facing a rebuilding team that finished 3-13 a year ago. Ryan vs. Mike Glennon should be no match, no matter how much people want to compare Glennon to Ryan. Record: 1-0. Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 17, vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m. ET The atmosphere should be electric for this game with it being the Falcons' first regular-season contest inside the new, $1.53 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It's Ryan vs. Aaron Rodgers in an NFC Championship game rematch, and Ryan has won the last two matchups between the quarterbacks. Record: 2-0. Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 24, at Detroit Lions, 1 p m. ET Ryan gets to see his offseason rec league basketball teammate in Matthew Stafford. The Falcons and Ryan should be able to take advantage of what was the league's third-worst, red zone defense a year ago. Record: 3-0. Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 1, vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p m. ET The Bills might not be a pushover, but the Falcons should be just fine at home. The Bills ranked 29th against the run last season so Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman might both have an explosive day. Record: 4-0. Week 5: BYE Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 15, vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p m. ET As long as the Falcons don't play like they did against the Dolphins a few preseasons ago, they should be fine. The Falcons' offensive line has to contain Cameron Wake, Ndamukong Suh while keeping Ryan upright. Record: 5-0. Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 22 vs. New England Patriots, 8:30 p m. ET The much-anticipated, Super Bowl LI rematch will be must-see TV. From the Falcons' perspective, they have to step on the gas on offense and run the ball if they have the lead late. But beating Tom Brady at home is a tall task. Record:5-1. Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 29, at New York Jets, 1 p m. ET Although it's the second consecutive game on the road, the Falcons should have no issues against a Jets team that's been in disarray. The Jets quarterback situation has been a joke. Record: 6-1. Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 5, at Carolina Panthers, 1 p m. ET The Falcons frustrated Cam Newton and the Panthers last season, winning both games. Newton and the Panthers will be a little extra motivated to prove they can still compete for the division crown. Record: 6-2. Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 12, vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p m. ET Plenty of star power with Ryan-Dak Prescott, Julio Jones-Dez Bryant, and Freeman-Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys have something to prove after failing to make this matchup happen in last year's NFC Championship Game. Record: 6-3. Week 11: Monday, Nov. 20, at Seattle Seahawks, 8:30 p m. ET Maybe the All-Pro wide receiver Jones will get his rematch against cornerback Richard Sherman, who got away with a hold in last year's Seahawks win in Seattle. Or if trade talk about Sherman is accurate, maybe not. Record: 7-3. Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 26, vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p m. ET Now the NFC South action really heats up with Jameis Winston, DeSean Jackson & Co. visiting the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons won't lose to the Buccaneers at home for the third straight season. No way. Record: 8-3. Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 3 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p m. ET Looks like a Falcons win on paper but there's always a game a team shouldn't lose but does. This is the one, even with the Vikings not having Adrian Peterson. Record: 8-4. Week 14: Thursday, Dec. 7, vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:30 p m. ET The game between the bitter rivals could go either way, especially with Drew Brees still capable of putting up big numbers. The Falcons and Saints were the top two scoring offenses in the league last season, but only the Falcons averaged more than 30 points per game Record: 9-4. Week 15: Monday, Dec. 18, at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:30 p m. ET Dirk Koetter's Buccaneers are an improving team and Winston is on the rise. At home, they'll be tough to beat, especially if defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is on his game. Record: 9-5. Week 16: Sunday Dec. 24, at New Orleans Saints, 1 p m. ET Maybe the division title will be on the line. Maybe or not. Whatever the case, Ryan and the Falcons will find a way to finish strong, just like coach Dan Quinn preaches all the time. Record: 10-5. Week 17: Sunday Dec. 31, vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET Beasley and the Falcons ring in the New Year by putting Newton on his back and securing their second straight division title. It happens as long as everyone stay healthy. Record: 11-5. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/26691/2017-atlanta-falcons-game-by-game-predictions
  7. Nobody is really considering that a 'prime time' game per se. I imagine we will be shown to the majority of the nation, but Giants and SF are also playing at the same time on FOX. So we aren't the only game that will be on.
  8. Week 7 gives us time to get warmed up. Hopefully both teams are undefeated at the time. And hopefully we win of course.
  9. Ah...ok. Somehow I missed that connection. Then that means instead he just totally ignored the "NFCCG beatdown" as you said. HELLO.
  10. Just was watching a video of Jerome Bettis picking our games, and he had us losing to Green Bay on Sunday night, and said this, "[That win] really doesn't say much, GB came in with a depleted team and still came close to winning that game." Seriously? The other guy didn't even call him out on that. In what universe did GB come "close" to beating us in the championship game?
  11. Has us losing against New England, Carolina, Dallas, Minnesota and Tampa Bay.
  12. 5 nationally televised games not counting Dallas at 4:25 on Sunday afternoon. 2 on Sunday Night, 2 on Monday Night, and 1 on Thursday night, which is against the Saints at home after playing in their place in prime time the past 2 years I believe.
  13. We've been pretty fortunate on the the past few years. Finally got screwed.
  14. Yeah, what happened to us on the first Sunday night game against Dallas or Green Bay?
  15. Yeah, I was concerned about the cold weather games. Looks like we dodged that bullet other than possibly Seattle as you said.
  16. NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said Tennessee Titans wide receiver Harry Douglas "tried to end my career'' with a low hit on Harris' right knee in the second quarter of the Titans' 13-10 winSunday at Nissan Stadium. On a 6-yard run by Derrick Henry with 3 minutes, 10 seconds left in the first half, Harris was standing away from the pile in the middle of the field when Douglas dove at Harris' right knee. Harris, who suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in 2013, pulled his right leg back just after contact or any injury likely could have been much worse. Harris fell to the ground following the hit, clutching his right knee. After a few moments down on the field, he walked slowly back to the bench area with the team's trainers. Harris did return to the game before halftime and played the entire second half. "I never had a player try to end my career before,'' Harris said. "That's not football, he tried to end my career with a hit like that ... [the officials] didn't call it, but hopefully the league can take a look at that.'' Minutes later, as he walked to the team bus, Harris added, "Whatever the biggest fine is, that's what he should get.'' Douglas seemed to think otherwise. "First of all, that's a clean play,'' Douglas said. "It was a run play with me and him looking at each other and I cut-blocked him,'' Douglas said. "Like I told them, if they watch film, which they're supposed to do in the NFL, you would know I can cut-block in the run game and that's a legal play. I guess he didn't watch film because if they watched me last week or any other game he would say that's what I do in the run game.'' The play left plenty of hard feelings. On the following play, with Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib lined up on Douglas, Talib confronted the receiver after another run play. The two ended up pushing and shoving close to the Titans' bench area. Shortly after, several more Titans players had surrounded Talib before more Broncos players waded into the scrum. Officials got the players separated and Talib was assessed an unnecessary roughness penalty. Three plays later, Ryan Succop kicked a 41-yard field goal to give the Titans a 13-0 lead. Talib minced no words following the game, calling Douglas a "sorry player,'' and continued on saying "the next time I see him in Atlanta I'm going to beat his ***,'' since both Talib and Douglas are represented by the same agent. Titans and Broncos players had to be separated on the sideline after Aqib Talib retaliated against Harry Douglas for his low hit on Chris Harris Jr. Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports "I was just standing there, I was nowhere near the play,'' Harris said. "I mean, somebody tries to end your career, I can't believe he did it.'' The league likely will review the play in the coming days and there is potential for a fine for Douglas. Following the game, Douglas was asked whether he was concerned if the Titans eventually had to face the Broncos again in a playoff game. "Y'all forgot who won today?'' Douglas said. "I ain't worried about playing no one in no playoffs ... The way we play the game of football, we don't care who we play.'' Harris said his knee was sore following the game and that he didn't feel 100 percent after the hit. "I was nowhere near the play, but that's why he's out there, to be a dirty player,'' Harris said. Douglas then responded to the accusations of him being a dirty player. "I'm a tough player, I'm a gritty player. I'm not a dirty player no matter what anybody says." http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/18255892/scrum-breaks-denver-broncos-tennessee-titans-low-hit
  17. Seriously? The Vikings? And Sunday Night? I can't see that being the game from a ratings standpoint. And ratings are money. It's gotta be Dallas.
  18. I've just posted the Falcons. The rest at the link. _____________________ Mock drafts are ridiculous. You know this. I know this. The people writing them know this. They're also fun, which is why we all read a million of them before the draft. It's hard enough to predict what 32 teams will do, but it's downright impossible when you consider how the vast majority of mock drafts avoid projecting trades, which blow the draft order apart. With that in mind, over the past few years, I've decided to swing the pendulum in the opposite direction and put together a mock draft that consists entirely of trades. Below, you'll find 32 trades involving each of the 32 selections in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. The trades are intended to be reasonable for both sides while keeping in mind each team's history and style of management. The Browns are more aggressive in trading down and for future picks, while the Dolphins are more likely to move up for the player(s) they want. I'm not suggesting that these trades would necessarily be good ideas for either side or what I would recommend each team do, but it's an attempt to find fair value given the complex motivations and needs of an entire league. Picks in the 2017 draft are notated with the round and overall pick number, so the 33rd pick (which is the first selection in the second round) would be designated as 2-33. Picks in future drafts are written out. Crucially -- and this is important to note before getting angry -- this is a multiverse in which each trade takes place in its own universe. The Saints trade I propose with the first pick has nothing to do with the Saints trade I throw out at 11. While I typically measure the actual value of picks using the draft value chart created by Chase Stuart, the reality is that more teams will measure their trades using something closer to the chart generated by Jimmy Johnson in the early 1990s. That chart is outdated for a number of reasons, but traditional teams are still applying it, so it's more relevant to this conversation. For teams with an analytics bent like the Browns and Ravens, I'll lean heavier on the Stuart chart. Let's just start with total lunacy and go from there: 31. Atlanta Falcons Dolphins get: 1-31 Falcons get: 2-54, 2018 first-round pick After a great 2016 draft, the Falcons are sitting pretty. They have one of the deepest rosters in the league, franchise players on either side of the football and a steady cap situation. Their only significant hole is at guard, but this is a terrible draft for offensive linemen. Atlanta can trade down and use a later pick on a secondary pass-rusher to support Vic Beasley while waiting to draft its right guard of the future in what should be a better draft for offensive linemen next year. Few teams would consider making this second-round and future first-round trade in 2017, but the Dolphins are the exception to many rules when it comes to player evaluation and valuation. Would they make this move for someone like Jabrill Peppers or Christian McCaffrey if they're still on the board at 31? It wouldn't be out of the question. http://www.espn.com/nfl/draft2017/story/_/id/19157025/bill-barnwell-2017-all-trades-mock-nfl-draft-first-round-deals-all-32-teams
  19. Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer The Atlanta Falcons reported for the offseason workout program on Monday, and a pair of players showed up without yet signing their free-agent tenders. Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, a restricted free agent who was given the second-round tender of $2.746 million, was pictured arriving at the team's facility. Although a team is unlikely to surrender a second-round draft pick by signing Gabriel to an offer sheet (if the Falcons' didn't match), the deadline for Gabriel to sign such an offer sheet is Friday. Essentially, Gabriel could wait until the last minute just to see if he can generate any outside interest. Injury protection is typically built to protect Gabriel as he goes through workouts this week. The Falcons and Gabriel also could reach an agreement on a longer-term deal. The Vikings and wide receiver Adam Thielen reached a three-year, $17 million extension after Thielen received the second-round tender. Thielen's situation is a little different because he emerged as the Vikings' leader in receiver yards last season. However, the undrafted Gabriel certainly proved his worth in tying All-Pro Julio Jones for the Falcons' lead with six touchdown receptions in 2016. Meanwhile, Allen, a former fifth-round pick, has an argument to receive a significant pay raise as a starter and team leader, but the safety has no real negotiating power as an exclusive rights free agent. His tender amount is $690,000. Lineman Ben Garland already signed his exclusive rights tender. On a different topic, running back Devonta Freeman reported Monday, as expected. Freeman is patiently waiting for a new contract. A deal expected to happen before the starter of the regular season and maybe by training camp. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/26633/falcons-taylor-gabriel-ricardo-allen-report-without-signed-tenders
  20. Yeah, I think I actually started a thread on it at the time, or at least quoted it in a thread.
  21. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/dez-bryant-says-the-cowboys-are-the-only-team-that-couldve-beaten-the-falcons/
  22. Well the Patriots are eliminated because that's an away game for us, and they say it's going to be a home game for us. It won't be Seattle because that's an away game. It will be Dallas or Packers due to the number of eyes that will watch the matchup. It will be the one they think will draw the most viewers, thus more money. So it will be Dallas. And if I'm wrong on that, it will be the Packers. I think we can forget about the Saints or any other team. They just don't have the draw Dallas does, then the Packers. I'd be pretty surprised if it wasn't Dallas.
  23. A poll at AJC.com says 55% want the Cowboys, and only 8% the Packers.
  24. And with Dez saying they would/could have beat us.
  25. DETROIT -- The Lions unveiled the look of their new uniforms Thursday night, but team president Rod Wood revealed something even more important to all NFL fans: The 2017 regular-season schedule will come out in a week. After showing off the uniforms, Wood was asked what's next on his agenda. "I don't have anything else other than getting this renovation done," Wood said. "That's the thing I got to focus on getting done before the season starts. "The schedule coming out next Thursday will be a focus, too." The league released its preseason schedule Monday afternoon and typically spaces out the preseason and regular-season schedule reveals by about a week. The release would come a week before the league's annual draft, set to start in Philadelphia on April 27. http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/19153976/rod-wood-detroit-lions-says-nfl-release-schedule-thursday