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  1. Matt Ryan and his old offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan have something in common this season: they’re tired of seeing their receivers drop passes. Last year, the Atlanta Falcons were one of the best teams in the league in this regard. According to Sporting Charts, Atlanta only dropped 12 passes all year – a rate of 2.1 percent. Only four teams had a lower rate. This year it’s been the exact opposite. Following Thursday night’s win over the New Orleans Saints, the Falcons are now tied with the San Francisco 49ers for the most drops in the NFL this year, with 25 apiece. This is particularly frustrating since Ryan’s passes have been so accurate in 2017. In the first quarter of Thursday’s game, Pro Football Focus shared a tweet that said Ryan was on pace to throw the fewest turnover-worthy throws of any player since they started tracking the stat. The tweet has since gone missing, but it doesn’t change the fact that Ryan had been almost-perfect taking care of the ball heading into this week’s action. Things changed quickly once Ryan’s luck turned for the worse, though. Again. Contrary to popular opinion, Marshon Lattimore did not own Julio Jones and his interception was completely illegitimate. Even though Ryan forced the read, Lattimore got away with an obvious defensive pass interference penalty and should never have been able to make a play on the ball in the first place. Ryan’s second interception may have broken him, though. For the third time this season, tight end Austin Hooper made a big mistake that led to a giveaway. Ryan hit him in the chest with a short pass, only to see it bounce off and land in a New Orleans defender’s hands. After that, Ryan’s accuracy and decision making went downhill in a hurry. He finished the game with three interceptions but easily could have had a few more. It’s extremely unusual for Ryan to get so flustered, but it’s definitely understandable. If Atlanta is going to get to the playoffs (let alone do anything once they get there), Ryan’s receivers have to stop letting him down. Period.
  2. replay on.
  3. we have beat the saints, bucs and should have beat carolina. the division is very winnable.
  4. i could have sworn we had a winning record.
  5. busts don't lead the league in sacks in any year.
  6. FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- With left guard Andy Levitre out this week with a triceps injury, the Atlanta Falcons expressed confidence in reserve Ben Garland stepping into a starting role at the position. Coach Dan Quinn officially ruled Levitre out for Thursday night's matchup with the New Orleans Saints during his weekly radio interview with 92.9 The Game. Garland, who competed with Wes Schweitzer for the starting right guard spot coming into the season and started to see occasional right guard reps in recent weeks, played a season-high 43 offensive snaps when Levitre exited last week's game against Minnesota with the injury. This will be his first career start. "Ben did a good job for us stepping in [Sunday]," quarterback Matt Ryan said of Garland. "He's been a guy that we can count on all year. He's always extremely well-prepared, does a great job for us on special teams, and I thought did a nice job for us at guard [Sunday]. ... We have full confidence in Ben." Said right tackle Ryan Schraeder, "Ben can be a starter in this league." Rookie Sean Harlow, inactive the first 12 games, likely will step into the role as the backup guard behind Schweitzer and Garland, if ready. The Falcons were fortunate enough to be the only team to start the same offensive line all of last season. But this year, Schraeder missed two games with a concussion, and now Levitre will miss his first game in two-plus seasons with the Falcons. Quinn didn't rule out Levitre for the Dec. 18 game at Tampa Bay, an ESPN Monday Night Football matchup. How Garland performs against the Saints might not be biggest factor to keep an eye on in terms of the Falcons' line. The biggest challenge is expected to be containing defensive end Cam Jordan, the reigning NFC Defensive Player of the Month. Jordan plays on both sides, meaning tackles Schraeder and Jake Matthews will have to be at their best. Jordan has 10 of the Saints' 33 sacks. "Cam is one of the best in the league," Schraeder said. "We are very familiar with each other. He is a big guy that moves like a cat, and he's very physical in the run game. He's just an all-around great football player." Disruptive Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins typically lines up on the left side, meaning Schweitzer could be in for quite a day.
  7. yes, sark had 2 holding penalties, 2 block in the back penalties and put balls high and low all game.
  8. AP Published 5:55 p.m. ET Dec. 1, 2017 FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Mohamed Sanu loves when his number is called to play quarterback in the Atlanta Falcons' wildcat formation. He doesn't know if the Falcons (7-4) will line him up behind center against Minnesota (9-2) on Sunday, but he would love another chance. "I just go into the game and whatever's called, I run what's called," Sanu said Friday. "I just go out there." Sanu, a sixth-year NFL receiver, says he can easily throw the ball 75 yards, hard to dispute after he sailed a 51-yard touchdown pass with little effort to Julio Jones last week. "Just being an athlete," he said. "It's not a mindset. You just go out and play." It's probably a little more complicated than that. Sanu played quarterback in high school and took some snaps at QB during his time at Rutgers and with the Cincinnati Bengals. After lobbying last year in practice, Sanu eventually gained the trust of Falcons coach Dan Quinn and took his first snap in the wildcat, running for 5 yards against Arizona. This season he's had three chances. The first two were runs against Buffalo and Seattle. He finally got the opportunity to throw last week against Tampa Bay. The situation was perfect with the Buccaneers playing Jones, a two-time All-Pro, in man coverage. The Falcons saw the chance to expose a weakness, and Sanu, after bobbling the snap, flung the ball like Matt Ryan, Atlanta's starting quarterback and last year's NFL MVP. "The other times he's run the wildcat, that look wasn't the one to go to," Quinn said. "It may have been called, but the look didn't come up. It just so happened that sometimes the stars have to align correctly to have the look to go." Sanu has a perfect career passer rating, completing all six of his attempts, and he's thrown three TDs. A 73-yard scoring strike to A.J. Green in 2012 covered 50 yards in the air. The Falcons were eager to sign Sanu in March 2016. They had released Roddy White, the franchise's career-leading receiver, eight days prior. When free agency opened, Sanu was at team headquarters the next day, agreeing to a five-year contract with $14 million guaranteed. There were reports the Falcons overpaid for a guy who had fallen out of favor in Cincinnati, dropped too many balls and was considered more a No. 3 receiver than a No. 2. Atlanta was his only visit in free agency. "I wasn't worried about that," Sanu said. "I was just worried about coming out here, playing, having fun. I'm just excited to be here. They saw it in the film. The film speaks for itself." The first part of last season was nothing special. It took Sanu a few games to grasp the nuances of the offense. "It wasn't the most seamless transition early," Quinn said. "I'd say he really hit his stride in the middle (of the season), but we'd always liked his physical style and the attitude that he played with. In this system you better be able to block and not have a problem doing that. You better be able to win in some man-to-man matchups and the good part here is there's (Jones) on the other side who gets some certain looks, so when your opportunity comes, can you nail it?" In 25 games with Atlanta, Sanu has solid numbers — 104 catches for 1,105 yards and eight touchdowns. He has made some spectacular plays and filled the role of a possession receiver and a dependable option on third down. But Sanu wants Quinn to know he can do more than catch, block and throw. Sanu says he's also available to kick, adding that he nailed a 60-yard field goal a couple of summers ago while goofing off on the practice field at Rutgers. "When he calls for his second group, I'm like, 'You need me to kick, coach?'" Sanu said. "You know, just joking around, having a good time with it." But Quinn knows Sanu would jump at the opportunity to score some points with his foot. "I told him that Jim Brown has all those records — touchdowns, extra points and field goals," Quinn said. "But he's a versatile guy and a really, really good athlete."
  9. glad he is doing well. solid player when he was here.
  10. 3:05 PM ET Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant, who remains in the concussion protocol, has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Trufant sustained a concussion in last week's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a helmet-to-helmet collision with teammate Keanu Neal. His absence means more opportunities for converted wide receiver C.J. Goodwin as the cornerback opposite Robert Alford. The Falcons played without the 2015 Pro Bowler for the second half of last season after a pectoral injury landed him on injured reserve. Trufant was playing at a high level this season prior to the concussion. While the Falcons lose Trufant, they will have nickelback Brian Poole, who has battled a back injury all week. Poole tested out his back during Friday's practice and was cleared after meeting with coach Dan Quinn and a member of the medical staff. Poole appeared to be a little stiff during practice, however. If he suffers a setback, the Falcons could move free safety Ricardo Allen to nickelback, as they did last week. Rookie Damontae Kazee would then step in for Allen at free safety. No matter who plays, the Falcons secondary will face quite a challenge against Vikings quarterback Case Keenum, the NFC's Offensive Player of the Month for November, and top wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, who have combined for 1,603 yards and eight touchdowns on 110 catches. Atlanta ranks eighth in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 207.9 yards per game. The Falcons will get back two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman, who missed the previous two games while recovering from a concussion. Freeman had a full practice all week and is ready to assume his normal workload with Tevin Coleman and Terron Ward behind him.
  11. AP Published 7:09 p.m. ET Nov. 30, 2017 ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons recovered from a disappointing 2015, when they started 5-0 only to finish 8-8, to make it to the Super Bowl last season. One year later, the Minnesota Vikings are trying to follow the same script. The Vikings also had an 8-8 finish following a 5-0 start in 2016. Now, they have the NFC's second-best record. The Vikings will put their seven-game winning streak on the line Sunday when they face the Falcons, who have won three straight. "I think we learned a lot from that experience," said linebacker Anthony Barr of Minnesota's 2016 collapse. "And I think we're better for it. I think all the adversity that was thrown our way, we may not have overcome it at the moment, but it built us stronger for moments like these." The Vikings (9-2) took a three-game lead over Detroit in the NFC North by beating the Lions 30-23 last week. Minnesota boasts a high-scoring offense led by quarterback Case Keenum and a defense which ranks fifth in the league. Keenum is 7-2 as a starter and has thrown 14 touchdown passes with five interceptions in that span. The Falcons (7-4) are encouraged by their revived offense. Julio Jones was the key in last week's 34-20 win over Tampa Bay, catching 12 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes is expected to lead the Vikings' coverage on Jones. Running back Devonta Freeman, who has missed the last two games, could return this week after being cleared from the concussion protocol. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he's seen a renewed commitment from his team "to make sure our style of how we play really comes across clearly." "About three weeks ago, we had discussed that wasn't coming through as clearly as we'd like," Quinn said. "A kick-*** run; the play-action that goes with it; effectiveness on third down offensively; defense that's driven by the turnovers; the physicality we want to play with; hits on the quarterback. We felt like over the last few weeks that identity offensively and defensively is more coming to life." Here are some things to know about the matchup of teams on track to make the NFC playoffs: TAKK'S SACKS: Rookie defensive end Takk McKinley is emerging as another threat in Atlanta's overhauled pass rush. McKinley, the first-round pick from UCLA, has sacks in two straight games and four overall. "His pass rush from the beginning has been good because of his get-off," Quinn said Wednesday. "He can beat a guy to the punch, but I think he's starting to understand the game more clearly now and when to take a shot." THIRD-DOWN SHOWDOWN: The Vikings' defense leads the NFL in allowing only a 28.5 percent success rate on third downs. That will be a key statistic to watch against the Falcons, who credit improved third-down success as a key to their recent offensive resurgence. "We've been better the last couple of weeks on third down," said quarterback Matt Ryan. "We've been better in the red area as well. ... We've still got to work at it." STILL THE CASE WITH KEENUM: Keenum was voted the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November, the first Vikings quarterback to win the NFL's monthly award since Brett Favre in November 2009. Keenum completed 71.1 percent of his passes for 866 yards over three games. Despite Keenum's success, coach Mike Zimmer has declined to declare him the indefinite starter. Former starter Teddy Bridgewater is looming in the background. "I'm not looking to pull him, but every week is a different week in this league," said Zimmer of Keenum. Keenum said he is "taking things a week at a time, trusting the process." THE JET WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA: The Vikings are undefeated since losing standout rookie running back Dalvin Cook to a season-ending ACL injury. They are using Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon in an effective, versatile tandem. This is a special week for McKinnon, a third-round draft choice out of Georgia Southern in 2014 who has 651 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns this year. "Jet" McKinnon is a native of Marietta, Georgia, who is expecting dozens of family and friends at the game. Many of them, naturally, are Falcons fans. "I can't lose, because if I lose I have to hear it for a whole year," McKinnon said. DO-IT-ALL ALLEN: Falcons safety Ricardo Allen seems surprised at the credit he received from having to move around the secondary last week against Tampa Bay. He played free safety, cornerback, nickel and strong safety. "That's pretty rare," Quinn said. Allen switched from cornerback to safety in 2015. "I don't think of myself as just a free safety," he said. "I see myself as a defensive back."
  12. they are both great receivers but i prefer julio's attitude, or lack there of.
  13. he was concussed during the game and ruled out.
  14. By Roy Cummings Posted on November 28, 2017 TAMPA – If at first you don’t succeed, you try and try again. That’s the old adage anyway and you have to give the Buccaneers credit for following it while trying to contain Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones last Sunday. According to coach Dirk Koetter, the Bucs threw 14 different coverages at Jones during their 34-20 loss at Mercedes Benz Stadium. The problem, as Koetter said quite succinctly, was that “None of them worked.’’ “We had everything from the cornerback falling down, to a linebacker running out of (his) zone, to not getting pressure on the quarterback, to double moves, to them high-lowing us in a two-deep coverage and throwing over the corner’s head. Every way you can beat those different coverages, they all happened. Nothing worked and it was frustrating for everybody.’’ Historically frustrating. Jones finished the game with 12 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns. The 253 yards were the most ever given up by a Buccaneers defense to one receiver in a single game, surpassing the 199 Hakeem Nicks had against them in a game in 2012. More than half those yards – 138 – came in the first half, which was the second most Jones has ever had by halftime in his career and 5 more than the Bucs had as a team at halftime. So yes, it was one historically bad day for the Bucs defense, and just about everybody in the Bucs secondary can share in the blame for it because Jones took advantage of just about everybody. According to Pro Football Focus, Jones caught passes against five different defenders in that game, including two against cornerback Brent Grimes for 49 yards, two against safety Justin Evans for 61 yards, two against safety T.J. Ward for 33 yards and one against linebacker Kwon Alexander for 20 yards. Jones had most of his success, though, against cornerback Ryan Smith, who gave up five catches to Jones alone on a day in which he was targeted eight times overall and allowed seven receptions for 98 yards, a touchdown and a passer rating against of 157.3. That represented a big step back for Smith, who had been playing some pretty good football the past three weeks, but Koetter, who coached both Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and Jones, said those two can team up for a day like that against anybody. “I don’t think that’s just against us,’’ he said. “Those two guys are pretty good. When I coached in Atlanta, Julio ironically enough had a 250-yard game against the team we play this week (Green Bay). So I’ve seen it done before. Those two guys are pretty good and we didn’t do anything to stop them. We tried to do things, but they didn’t work.’’