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  1. he better be made of steel after the beating he took last night.
  2. don't see a point in going in the first place.
  3. the steelers are wrapping up the nfc south.
  4. considering we have finally gotten back to .500, i doubt we are taking anything lightly.
  5. Falcons sign ex-Raider Bruce Irvin to one-year deal By Kevin Patra Around the NFL Writer Published: Nov. 7, 2018 at 09:00 a.m. Updated: Nov. 7, 2018 at 09:58 a.m. Bruce Irvin found a home quickly. The Atlanta Falcons announced Wednesday morning they've agreed to terms with the Ex-Oakland Raiders pass rusher to a one-year deal. Irvin was cut by the Raiders over the weekend. With $3.8 million left on his contract, the defensive lineman cleared waivers on Tuesday and was a free agent. The 31-year-old is very familiar with Falcons coach Dan Quinn from their time together in Seattle, where the latter was defensive coordinator before moving to Atlanta. In two seasons playing under Quinn, Irvin compiled 88 tackles, 8.5 sacks, five passes defended, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and scored twice. Born in Atlanta, Irvin's return home could be mutually beneficial. "We know exactly how Bruce will fit into our team on the field, and just as importantly into our locker room," Quinn said. "He will add to our rotation along the defensive line, while adding to our pass rush. He is familiar with our scheme and we are familiar with his strengths, so we are looking forward to getting him on the field as soon as possible." The Falcons need oomph on defense after being decimated by injury early in the season. Atlanta has long lacked consistent pressure from the edge. Irvin can help provide that pressure after an eight-sack season a year ago. However, he's struggled with his own consistency this season. Motivation also seemed an issue while playing for the wayward Raiders. He compiled just six tackles and three sacks before being cut. He should be plenty motivated heading home to Atlanta to play for Quinn. "This was a dream [come] true," Irvin told ESPN's Vaughn McClure. "The Patriots and Steelers offered more money, but being able to play for my city and my people, you just can't put a price on that.'' If true, eschewing a chance to play for a division leader to join for the 4-4 Falcons is an interesting decision for the aging Irvin. Atlanta, however, isn't out of the playoff picture despite a 1-4 start to the season. Matt Ryan's offense has been potent this season, but injuries on defense have sapped that side of the ball. Adding Irvin is a shot in the arm, and potentially getting Deion Jones back from IR down the road would be another big boost. Atlanta has winnable games against the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys the next two weeks before heading to New Orleans and hosting the Baltimore Ravens. A winning record over that stretch could put them in a loser-goes-home Week 14 matchup with the Green Bay Packers for an NFC Wild Card spot. After the disastrous start to the season, most left the Falcons for dead. Quinn's team has battled back to put itself in the Wild Card discussion. Adding Irvin is another sign Atlanta's season isn't over yet.
  6. 10:02 AM ET ESPN The chance to play for his hometown Atlanta Falcons was too much for Bruce Irvin to pass up. Less than a week after being released by the Oakland Raiders, Irvin signed a one-year contract Wednesday with the Falcons. Irvin, a former first-round draft pick, told ESPN's Vaughn McClure that he rejected more-lucrative offers from the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. Financial terms of his deal with the Falcons have not been disclosed. "This was a dream [come] true," the veteran pass-rusher told McClure. "The Patriots and Steelers offered more money, but being able to play for my city and my people -- you just can't put a price on that." The Falcons plan to play Irvin, who was released by the Raiders this past Saturday, in this Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal means Irvin will reunite with Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, who spent two seasons as Irvin's defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013-14. "We know exactly how Bruce will fit into our team on the field, and just as importantly into our locker room," Quinn told the Falcons' website. Irvin, who has 40 career sacks in parts of seven seasons with Oakland and Seattle, figures to bolster a struggling Falcons pass rush that has just 17 sacks this season, tied for fifth-lowest in the NFL. "He will add to our rotation along the defensive line, while adding to our pass rush," Quinn said. "He is familiar with our scheme, and we are familiar with his strengths, so we are looking forward to getting him on the field as soon as possible." Irvin, 31, had just six tackles and three sacks this season for the last-place Raiders and had seen his playing time decrease dramatically in recent weeks. He tied a career high with eight sacks last season. ESPN's Vaughn McClure contributed to this report.
  7. seeing as he knows the coach and system, i would trade him for means' spot on the roster.
  8. he is having a pretty good season, hopefully it continues down the stretch run and the defense continues to improve.
  9. CHARLES ODUM (AP Sports Writer) The Associated Press Nov 5, 2018, 5:49 PM FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Coach Dan Quinn says losing six starters to injured reserve never forced him to lose faith in the Atlanta Falcons, even before three straight wins revived the team's playoff hopes. The Falcons (4-4) have recovered from a 1-4 start despite losing both starting safeties, both first-team offensive guards, running back Devonta Freeman and linebacker Deion Jones. Sunday's 38-14 win at NFC East-leading Washington showed the Falcons, who play at Cleveland this week, are back as a playoff contender. Even after running back Devonta Freeman and right guard Brandon Fusco were the most recent starters to land on IR, Quinn continued to say the Falcons were a team on the rise who had not peaked. ''All along I've had real belief in what this '18 team can be,'' Quinn said Monday. ''Although it started under some difficult circumstances, I like the way they've supported each other. I like the toughness they've shown and I feel like we're starting to play like we're capable of playing.'' The Falcons iced the win over the Redskins by holding the ball for 10 minutes in the fourth quarter, when Washington didn't score. Quinn said the ''ability to finish'' was a highlight of the game. With Ben Garland starting for Fusco and Wes Schweitzer continuing in his fill-in starting role for injured left guard Andy Levitre, the new-look offensive line played one of its best games. The Falcons converted 10 of 13 third-down plays and scored touchdowns on two of three red-zone possessions. Matt Ryan threw for 350 yards with four touchdowns and one interception - only his third of the season and his first since a Week 2 win over Carolina. Ryan said the Falcons have improved since losing four of their first five games. ''I think halfway through we were a better football team than we were at the start, and we have to keep it trending in that direction,'' Ryan said after Sunday's game. Ryan has enjoyed a return to his 2016 form, when he was named the NFL MVP. Led by Ryan, the Falcons have scored touchdowns on 17 of their last 21 red-zone possessions since their opening loss at Philadelphia. ''I think red zone efficiency has been really good for us,'' Ryan said. ''We didn't do a good job of that in the opener, but since then we've done a pretty good job of that. ... When you're scoring touchdowns and taking care of the ball, that's a good recipe for success.'' Quinn said seeing Julio Jones finally score his first touchdown of the season ''was probably the coolest part of the day'' in the win over Washington. Jones' teammates rushed down the sideline to celebrate with him following his 35-yard touchdown pass from Ryan. ''It was a great experience having the team come out there,'' Jones said. Quinn said Jones ''is the most selfless leader probably that any of us have been around.'' ''They were so excited for him because of all the work he does behind the scenes that people don't know about,'' Quinn said. ''... They know what he stands for as a teammate.'' Atlanta's daunting injury outlook could be improving. The Falcons already have had defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, who had a sack on Sunday, return after missing two games with an ankle injury. Jones is eligible to come off IR when the Falcons play Dallas on Nov. 18, though there has been no word on when he'll be cleared from his foot injury. It's not known if Freeman will be able to return from his groin injury when eligible in December. Placekicker Matt Bryant has missed two games with a hamstring injury. More will be known on Wednesday about his chances to return against the Browns. --- More AP NFL: and
  10. was about the best i could find.