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FALCONS MAKING A MOVE UP THE RANKINGS

With help from the league's highest-rated passer, Matt Ryan, Atlanta has climbed nearly into the top half of our list. The Falcons now rank second among NFC South teams. Power Rankings

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Vaughn McClureESPN Staff Writer 

O'Brien Schofield took a physical this morning and has agreed to a one-year, minimum salary deal with the Falcons. Will sign the deal later. "It's great to be back with the organization," he said. Schofield unsure about being active for Saints on Monday night. Met with defensive coordinator Richard Smith this morning.

Vaughn McClureESPN Staff Writer 

I'm told Falcons LB Paul Worrilow is having second opinion on a groin injury today. Could be a significant deal, but we'll see. Worrilow played team-leading 25 snaps on special teams vs. Raiders and one snap on defense. Former three-time leading tackler was replaced by rookie Deion Jones as the starting middle linebacker.

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Matt Ryan on 680 the Fan radio when asked if he'll go out to eat in New Orleans, with the bitter rivalry between the Falcons/Saints : "For sure, this is one of those places I usually don't get out and about."

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O'Brien Schofield will wear No. 54 upon returning to the Falcons. Brooks Reed has his old No. 50.

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Julio Jones misses second straight practice with calf injury

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    Vaughn McClureESPN Staff Writer

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will miss his second consecutive practice Friday with a calf injury, but coach Dan Quinn expects Jones to be ready to face the New Orleans Saints on Monday night, barring a last-minute setback.

Jones injured his right calf Sunday during a 35-28 win over the Oakland Raiders. He was initially expected to be limited when he returned to practice this week. However, Jones was nothing more than a spectator as the Falcons began preparation for the Saints.

"Jones, we're going to keep him the same program we did yesterday; moving around in some of the walkthrough but will hold him out of teams reps today," Quinn said Friday "And then will just kind of take it through today, tomorrow obviously and then go from there."

Jones did not appear to have a limp while walking around the locker room and on the sideline during practice Thursday.

"He's not all the way ready to have all the strength to go on," Quinn said. "He is a faster healer, just wasn't all the way ready to say he could take the normal load that he would on a Thursday. I anticipate him participating in some things (Saturday). He wasn't ready to do the full load of stuff that we ask him to do."

When pressed on if he expects Jones to play Monday night, Quinn responded, "I do, unless there's a setback between then, which I don't anticipate. He's mentally into it, just not ready. He's a thoroughbred. He doesn't have the, 'Hey man, why don't you take it 50 percent?' He's not built like that."

Jones re-aggravated a left ankle from the preseason in a season-opening loss to Tampa Bay but still played against the Raiders. Through two games, Jones has nine catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

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On 9/23/2016 at 2:19 PM, blkbigdog35 said:

Julio Jones misses second straight practice with calf injury

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    Vaughn McClureESPN Staff Writer

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will miss his second consecutive practice Friday with a calf injury, but coach Dan Quinn expects Jones to be ready to face the New Orleans Saints on Monday night, barring a last-minute setback.

Jones injured his right calf Sunday during a 35-28 win over the Oakland Raiders. He was initially expected to be limited when he returned to practice this week. However, Jones was nothing more than a spectator as the Falcons began preparation for the Saints.

"Jones, we're going to keep him the same program we did yesterday; moving around in some of the walkthrough but will hold him out of teams reps today," Quinn said Friday "And then will just kind of take it through today, tomorrow obviously and then go from there."

Jones did not appear to have a limp while walking around the locker room and on the sideline during practice Thursday.

"He's not all the way ready to have all the strength to go on," Quinn said. "He is a faster healer, just wasn't all the way ready to say he could take the normal load that he would on a Thursday. I anticipate him participating in some things (Saturday). He wasn't ready to do the full load of stuff that we ask him to do."

When pressed on if he expects Jones to play Monday night, Quinn responded, "I do, unless there's a setback between then, which I don't anticipate. He's mentally into it, just not ready. He's a thoroughbred. He doesn't have the, 'Hey man, why don't you take it 50 percent?' He's not built like that."

Jones re-aggravated a left ankle from the preseason in a season-opening loss to Tampa Bay but still played against the Raiders. Through two games, Jones has nine catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

I hope he goes but we are no longer limited to just JJ catching the ball now.  

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Falcons looking to fix 'embarrassing' pass rush

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    Vaughn McClureESPN Staff Writer

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – When Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn looks at the stat sheet and sees one sack for the team through two games, he shakes his head.

"Nobody wants to see that, man. It's embarrassing," Clayborn said. "That's embarrassing, to be honest."

Vic Beasley Jr. is the guy credited with the one sack, and it came only as a result of Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr running out of bounds with Beasley in pursuit.

"It's hurtful," Beasley said of the team's sack production. "But we know what we're capable of. We just have to keep going. We have to keep the right mindset and stay positive."

The Falcons enter Week 3 at the bottom of the league, along with the Pittsburgh Steelers, with just one sack. Remember, the Falcons finished last in the league with 19 sacks a year ago. And, according to ESPN Stats and Info, the Falcons have posted two sacks or fewer in 19 consecutive games, by far the longest active streak. The next longest streak is held by the Raiders, Panthers, and Browns (five consecutive games each).

Monday night's game against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints would be the perfect time to start generating pressure, no matter how difficult it will be to get after the quick-trigger veteran quarterback. The Falcons sacked Brees just once in 81 pass attempts last season. They would love to mirror the performance from December 2014, when the Falcons sacked Brees five times and picked him off twice in a 30-14 win to eliminate the Saints from playoff contention.

For the Falcons to affect Brees, they’ll have to work in unison.

"It's coming together," said Dwight Freeney, the seven-time Pro Bowler who was signed this preseason to get sacks. "Pass rush is like chipping on a boulder -- keep hitting at it, keeping chipping at it, and one of these games or ones of these times, that boulder's going to crack. So, it's going to happen. I think we've got some stuff installed."

First and foremost, the Falcons might be able to take advantage of the Saints' injury situation. Starting left tackle Terron Armstead is out for the game with a knee injury, meaning Freeney could see Andrus Peat, Senio Kelemete or Tony Hills while rushing from the right side.

Going back to the season opener against Tampa Bay, the Falcons ran somewhat of an effective stunt with Freeney and Clayborn on the right side that allowed Freeney to come free on an inside rush, although it didn't result in a sack. Running such stunts effectively -- and quickly -- might be part of the solution against Brees, with the aspect of bringing pressure in his face and disturbing his vision. When pressure comes off the edges, the savvy Brees typically has the pocket presence to step up and make a play anyhow.

"In practice, it works well," said defensive lineman Derrick Shelby, who typically works off Beasley on the left side, of the stunts. "We just have to transfer that over to the game. Brees, he's a shorter guy, so you’ve got to have guys in his face. And once he starts to move, he's not nearly the quarterback he is sitting in the pocket. That's always the plan with Brees. You've got to get him off the spot."

Last year at the Georgia Dome, Beasley came on an inside rush against Brees in the red zone and put his hands up to deflect a pass, but Beasley was called for roughing the passer after hitting Brees in the head with his follow-through.


In the same game, the Falcons tried to pressure Brees by sending linebacker Philip Wheeler on the blitz. Wheeler, known as the team's best blitzer, is moving back to inside linebacker, so maybe he'll be involved Monday. At the same time, the Falcons believe they're better equipped to blitz and play man to man when rookie linebacker De'Vondre Campbell is on the field in coverage. Campbell is out again this week with a significant left ankle injury.

Brees is completing 73 percent of his passes so far this season when he's not blitzed, by the way.

However, if the Falcons plan to attack Brees, they have to be more disruptive than they've been the first two games.

"Everything is good," Freeney said. "It's coming. Some games, the ball is going to come out quickly. If it's under 2 seconds or 2.5 seconds, I don't care who you are, you're not going to get the sack."

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SUNDAY'S GAME IN ATLANTA WILL BE CRUCIAL

ESPN's Football Power Index currently gives the Panthers a 58 percent chance to win the NFC South. That would climb to 73 percent if they beat the Falcons on Sunday, but it would drop to 41 percent if the Falcons win.

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Falcons Devonta Freeman leading the league with an average of 6.3 yards per carry after last night's 152-yard performance on just 14 carries. Chargers Danny Woodhead, Browns Isaiah Crowell each averaging 6.1.

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn on Matt Ryan falling to the ground instead of going for the block with 300-pound Saints nose tackle Nick Fairley coming at him: "That one for sure needs to be discussed here today and his athleticism on that play. His teammates certainly let him see that one. Definitely the wrong time to catch a cleat in the grass. Some people would call it business decision. He certainly would not. I did see the clip, and we had some fun (with) it on the plane ride home last night."

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Matt Ryan is full go coming off left thumb injury last night after getting it checked out. Mohamed Sanu will be limited to start the week coming off shoulder injury. DeVondre Campbell will start running this week off ankle injury.

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FALCONS' RUN GAME STOOD OUT ON MNF

In the last five seasons, only two teams have rushed for more yards on Monday Night Football than the Falcons did in New Orleans. The Saints' defense seems to be susceptible to such performances.

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NFL power rankings: Atlanta Falcons are apparently the most mediocre team in the NFL following their week 3 victory

 

by James RaelSep 27, 2016, 11:28p

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The Atlanta Falcons aren't a team anyone has a hard time taking for granted. In fact, for reasons I'll never understand, many NFL fans can't stand the Falcons. So despite their offense's impressive showing last night and despite the fact that they're in sole possession of first place in the NFC South, they didn't fare as well in this week's power rankings as you'd maybe think.


Hold your breath here, folks. Take a look at who is in first place in the NFC South. Sure, the Falcons were kind of in this position last year -- though not alone in first place like they are coming out of Week 3. Jon Gruden wondered aloud about the pass rush during the Monday night telecast. It's a weakness. It's also not worth discounting two road wins in as many weeks. And if you are a fan in Atlanta, and you own Tevin Coleman in fantasy, you might be in such a happy-go-lucky mood that you endorsed 50 people on LinkedIn.

ESPN: 18th


The Falcons have now scored a franchise-record 104 points through their first three games but somehow have only a plus-13 point differential. If the Falcons can keep up the scoring, they can take a firm hold of the NFC South with a victory over the Panthers this week.


The duo of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, along with the great Julio Jones, gives the Falcons a lot of ways to move the ball. I'm still not sure about the defense, but it's a good start for Atlanta.


The offense looked unstoppable Monday night in New Orleans. But that might say more about the Saints' defense than it does about QB Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense.


Come take a look at the best running back tandem in football. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman can't be stopped. The Saints tried; they gave up 296 total yards to the two ball-carriers. Coleman doubled his career touchdown total and then added a third score for good measure.

Falcons to continue splitting work between Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman

Falcons to continue splitting work between Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is still considered the starter, but the team believes Tevin Coleman is "just as talented," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
What It Means:
It sounds like the Falcons will continue with the committee approach they used in Week 1. This would indicate Freeman is in line for the goal-line work, as well as a couple more carries per contest, and Coleman should maintain the edge in Atlanta's passing game. The former is sliding towards the back-end of the RB2 conversation while his backfield mate is shaping up as a worthy flex option.

Our models remain high on Freeman, ranking him as the RB10 heading into Week 2 with a projection of 14 rushes for 56 yards and 0.40 touchdowns. We also expect him to add 4 catches for 30 yards through the air. Coleman is our RB46.

 

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Falcons' Devonta Freeman relishes his Beast Mode moment

 

Vaughn McClure

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman drew some oohs and aahs during the team meeting when coach Dan Quinn hit the rewind button for Freeman's vicious stiff-arm of New Orleans Saints cornerback Sterling Moore.

Freeman brushed off the Beast Mode-like, 7-yard run as no big deal, considering what former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch accomplished in the past.

"Man, I saw Marshawn Lynch do that about three or four years ago -- it probably was way before that -- and I was like, 'Wow, that man is a beast,'" Freeman said. "And here goes little ol' Devonta Freeman doing the same thing Marshawn Lynch was doing. It's just a feeling to go out there and compete."

Lynch's punishing stiff-arm came on Jan. 8, 2011 in a playoff win over the Saints. Remember, he sent cornerback Tracy Porter to the ground on a 67-yard touchdown run that will forever be remembered in NFL history.

Freeman may not have pushed Moore five yards down the field, like Lynch did to Porter, but it was nasty regardless.

"At the end of the day, all I'm doing is competing," Freeman emphasized. "I'm not going out there trying to hurt nobody. I'm not going out there trying to make nobody look bad. Me personally, I'm trying to go out there and compete."

Freeman enters Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers leading the league with an average of 6.3 yards per carry. Freeman and tag-team partner Tevin Coleman might find the yards hard to come by against Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, and a stingy Panthers defense. Carolina allows 3.43 yards per rushing attempt, which is sixth-best in the league. The Panthers have surrendered three rushing touchdowns, however.

"That's a good team, man," Freeman said. "Their defense, they're pretty good. Their linebackers, their D-lineman, they don't give up nothing. It's going to take everything we've got to win that game."

Freeman and Coleman have a combined 375 rushing yards on 74 attempts. Coleman had all four of the team's rushing touchdowns, while Freeman's lone score came on a 13-yard catch against the Saints.

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1 hour ago, blkbigdog35 said:

I think these boys are going to surprise alot of people. This offense is looking very balanced without great production from Julio.

Yeah, and I think the D' will improve steadily as we go along.

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Ryan, Jones set records as Falcons beat Panthers 48-33

 


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ATLANTA -- Matt Ryan shredded Carolina's defense, passing for a team-record 503 yards and four touchdowns, Julio Jones had 12 receptions for a Falcons-record 300 yards, and Atlanta beat the struggling Panthers 48-33 on Sunday.

One week after being held to one catch in a win at New Orleans, Jones had a 75-yard scoring catch late in the game as Atlanta solidified its early hold on the NFC South lead.

The totals by Ryan and Jones are the most ever allowed by Carolina.

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton left the game in the fourth quarter and was evaluated for concussion symptoms after taking a hit from Deion Jones on a successful 2-point run. There appeared to be helmet-to-helmet contact but there was no penalty on the hit.

The Panthers scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns, including scoring passes from Newton's replacement, Derek Anderson, to tight end Greg Olsen and Corey Brown.

Robert Alford's 30-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:14 remaining clinched the win. Alford picked off another pass from Anderson to end Carolina's final possession.

The Falcons (3-1) began the day leading the NFL in scoring and total offense. They were rarely stopped by Carolina, even when pinned back close to their own goal line. They scored touchdowns after beginning drives on their 2- and 1-yard lines.

Carolina (1-3) has lost two straight. Newton was sacked only once after being sacked eight times in last week's loss to Minnesota, but the Panthers' running game struggled as Jonathan Stewart was held out with a hamstring injury.

MISMATCH: Panthers rookie cornerback James Bradberry was overwhelmed in his matchup with Jones. Ryan completed passes to Jones on Atlanta's first three plays for 22, 14 and 15 yards.

INJURIES: Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis left the game with a hamstring injury early in the second half. Wide receiver Devin Funchess left the game in the fourth quarter with a toe injury. Bradberry returned after he was taken to the locker room in the first quarter with a left toe injury.

Falcons linebackers Jones and Sean Weatherspoon sustained calf injuries.

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Atlanta’s Offense Is No Fluke

In their second year under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Matt Ryan–led Falcons are flying above the rest of the NFL


Danny Kelly

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hree weeks into the season, the Atlanta Falcons were leading the NFL in points, total yards, and yards per play. They’d produced like the league’s best offense, but there was one big asterisk tacked on to the end of that statement. They’d racked up all those yards and all those points against the Downy-soft Buccaneers, Raiders, and Saints defenses, which ranked 21st, 29th, and 30th, respectively, going into Week 4, per Football Outsiders DVOA.

Well, if we couldn’t say the Falcons offense was for real after three games, we can say it now. They thrashed the Panthers 48–33 on Sunday, as Matt Ryan threw for 503 yards and four touchdowns, Julio Jones reeled in 12 catches for 300 yards, and the offense put up 571 yards of offense against the previously sixth-ranked Carolina defense. It took a season-long reboot in 2015, but Ryan is back, and the Falcons have the best offense in the NFL at the quarter point of 2016.

fter going 13–3 in 2012, the Falcons haven’t posted a winning season since. That year, they blew a 17-point lead in the NFC championship to the 49ers, and what followed was a quick descent into mediocrity. The Falcons won just four games in 2013, then after a 6–10 finish in 2014, general manager Thomas Dimitroff cleaned house. He fired his head coach of six years, Mike Smith, along with much of Smith’s staff, and in came former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who soon named Kyle Shanahan as the new offensive coordinator. Shanahan has never been far from controversy, whether it was regarding the benching of Donovan McNabb in Washington, Robert Griffin III’s rise and fall, or the coach’s decision to resign in Cleveland because of Johnny Manziel. But his history of top-10 offenses (2008 and 2009 in Houston; 2012 and 2013 in Washington) apparently trumped all that for Quinn, who wanted Shanahan’s system in Atlanta.

So, after playing in essentially the same offense under Mike Mularkey and Dirk Koetter from 2008 to 2014, Ryan found himself in a new system that focuses less on the pocket-passing vertical game he’d been used to and more on staying balanced with the run and throwing a lot off of play-action bootlegs. The growing pains for Ryan in Shanahan’s scheme were clear, as Atlanta finished last season ranked 22nd in points scored and 23rd in offensive DVOA. Ryan threw 21 touchdown passes (the lowest since his rookie season) to 16 picks (one off a career high). He struggled throwing on the move and made way too many inexplicable decisions with the football, particularly on his four red zone interceptions, which were second most in the NFL). Shanahan’s year was just as dreary. In addition to the offense’s struggles, his decision to move away from Roddy White in the passing game became a controversy when the fan favorite complained about being used primarily as a blocker. After Atlanta released White at the end of the year, he blamed Shanahan for the team’s troubles, accusing the offensive coordinator of mismanaging late-game situations and costing the Falcons wins.


Four games into 2016, all of that drama is in the rearview. The Falcons have scored an NFL-high 152 points, Ryan just broke the franchise record for passing yards in a game, and his stat line one-fourth of the way through the year looks like this: 101-for-140 passing (72.1 percent) for 1,473 yards at 10.5 yards per attempt, along with 11 touchdowns to two interceptions and a 126.3 passer rating. He’s hit his rhythm in the quick-strike short passing game, and he’s more comfortable than ever on the bootleg-action rollout passes that Shanahan’s offense prioritizes.


Of course, it helps to have a dominant receiver like Jones who can go off for three football fields’ worth of yards in a single afternoon. Jones is basically unguardable in one-on-one situations. He’s dangerous down the sideline. And he’s the perfect target — with size, physicality, and breakaway speed — on the post and drag routes that Atlanta calls up on on play-action passes.

But it’s not just Jones who’s making this offense tick. With a more robust supporting cast, Shanahan and Ryan don’t have to force-feed their star like they did last year, and that makes them much tougher to game plan for. Jones saw 33 percent of the Falcons’ targets in 2015, and four games in, that number has dropped to 25 percent. Against the Panthers, nine Falcons caught passes: Taylor Gabriel (three for 49 yards), Tevin Coleman (three for 14), Aldrick Robinson (two for 48 and a TD), Mohamed Sanu (two for 22), Devonta Freeman (two for 7), Austin Hooper (one for 42 and a TD), and Patrick DiMarco (one for 18).

“You’ve got other guys who have made plays,” Shanahan said before Atlanta’s win last week over the Saints. “It makes it easier. You don’t have to force it into tough looks. You can go where the coverage tells you. And when you do that, it kind of balances the field out and makes [Jones’s] catches a little more valuable.”

In that 45–32 win over New Orleans, Jones was targeted just seven times and caught one ball, but his teammates picked up the slack as eight different players caught passes. In Week 2’s 35–28 win against the Raiders, nine players caught a pass, and in Week 1’s loss to the Bucs, eight players caught a pass. Spreading targets around so liberally makes it hard for opponents to zero in on Atlanta’s tendencies, and when Jones does get the ball, there’s room for him to go off like he did against Carolina.

In addition to the well-balanced passing attack, Shanahan’s wide-zone run game has played a big part in Atlanta’s offensive explosions. Free-agency addition Alex Mack at center is paying off. After finishing last season with 1,606 yards (20th), 3.8 yards per attempt (26th), and 13 rushing touchdowns (tied for 12th), they’re currently sixth in yards (498), third in yards per carry (4.7), and fourth in touchdowns (five). Coleman has emerged in his second season and looks much more comfortable running in Atlanta’s scheme than he did as a rookie, and the former Indiana Hoosier, who was used primarily as a backup or a passing-down option in his first year, gives the Falcons another decisive, downhill physical runner to pair with Freeman. Sharing the workload should keep both fresh as the season goes on.

Atlanta ran 25 times for 90 yards and a touchdown against Carolina’s stout front, and the Falcons’ effectiveness on the ground not only takes some of the pressure off of Ryan’s arm to carry the offense, but it helps in the play-action bootleg game. This was clear when Ryan hit Hooper deep down the left sideline for a 42-yard touchdown in the third quarter. The Panthers bit hard on a play-action run fake, and as they scrambled to adjust to the throw, they forgot to defend Hooper, who leaked out from the formation on the back side of the play.

If this play looks familiar, it’s because the Falcons did almost the exact same thing in Week 2 against the Raiders.

The Falcons also owe some of their early-season success on offense to Shanahan’s aggressive play calling. Jones’s 75-yard touchdown run-and-catch is the perfect example. After the Panthers had erased the Falcons’ 34–10 fourth-quarter lead with a pair of touchdowns to make it an eight-point game with 3:58 remaining, the Conservative Coach’s Playbook called for three straight runs that would bleed the clock and force Carolina to use up its three timeouts. Instead, on the first play of their subsequent drive — with the Panthers crowding the line of scrimmage with eight defenders, looking to stuff the run and get the offense the ball back — Shanahan and Ryan dialed up a quick slant to Jones, who took the pass and ran 75 yards past Carolina’s only three deep defenders for the game-clinching score.

Ryan is back to making the types of precision throws under pressure that earned him the “Matty Ice” nickname and sent him to three Pro Bowls. We didn’t see this guy last season, but with an improved run game and a more varied attack featuring all of Atlanta’s offensive weapons, the Falcons have emerged as the clear favorites in the NFC South. At 3–1, they’re already two full games ahead of every other team in their division, as the Panthers, Bucs, and Saints each sit at 1–3. The defense is giving up an average of 419 yards a game (29th in the NFL) and has surrendered 31 points per game (28th), and that doesn’t give the offense much margin for error, but with Ryan in full control of the playbook and Jones in full flight, the Falcons still have a chance to win every week.

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 5: Denver Broncos claim No. 1 spot

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3-1 FALCONS

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Poignant thought delivered by Cris Collinsworth on the Chiefs-Steelers telecast Sunday night: Matt Ryan is the league MVP right now. Why not? Who would you put over the Falcons' quarterback? You can't put the Broncos' defense on the trophy. Dak Prescott has been efficient, not otherworldly. Ditto Carson Wentz, who's been more rock solid than prolific. Don't get us started on last year's Most Valuable Player. Postgame wardrobe effort doesn't count. Ryan's numbers thus far: 72.1 completion percentage, 368.3 yards per game, 11:2 TD-to-INT ratio and a 126.3 passer rating. Most notably, Ryan is averaging 10.5 yards per pass attempt.

Number 10 sounds good to me.

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CW69 And The Atlanta Falcons Extend Local TV Partnership Through 2019

 


cbslocal.com | October 4, 2016 9:57 AM


 

Atlanta, GA – CW69 (WUPA-TV) announced today that they have reached an agreement with the Atlanta Falcons to extend their current local television partnership for three more years. The new agreement commences in 2017. Atlanta’s CW69 will continue to broadcast the Falcons preseason games and air two hours of weekly team programming during the regular season.

“This has been a terrific partnership and we’re thrilled we can continue to be the Atlanta Falcons’ official broadcast partner. As one of the top CW affiliates in the country, we’re committed to providing viewers with locally relevant programming and there is nothing more compelling than sports programming, particularly the NFL and our hometown Falcons,” said Tom Canedo, President and General Manager of Atlanta’s CW69. “We’re proud to be able to feature Falcons programming along with our strong line-up of shows like The Flash, Arrow and now, Supergirl.”

”The Falcons are pleased to continue our partnership with the CW69,” said Tim Zulawski, chief commercial officer, AMB Sports & Entertainment. “We’ve had great success with them as a broadcast partner and look forward to the next three years.”

In additional to locally broadcast pre-season games, CW69 currently produces and airs three Falcons programs:

“Rise Up Weekly” airs Saturdays from 11-11:30 p.m. and is hosted by Rashan Ali and D.J. Shockley. “Rise Up Weekly” is an entertaining and light-hearted look at the players off the field.

The station also produces post-game shows during the preseason. Dave Archer goes “Inside The Locker Room” to talk with coaches and players and get immediate reaction after each preseason game.

During the regular season, “Inside The Locker Room” moves to a pre-game show format and its regular time slot at 11 a.m. on Sundays. Randy Waters, D.J. Shockley, Wes Durham and Dave Archer break down the upcoming game and take an in-depth look at the opponent.

“Falcons Playback” airs Monday nights at 6 p.m. and looks back at the previous day’s game with highlights, analysis and play breakdowns. Randy Waters and D.J. Shockley host and Melanie Snare has fan and social media reaction.

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Falcons' Tevin Coleman unsure about playing in Denver altitude due to sickle cell trait

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Falcons owner Arthur Blank not jumping in to slam Cam Newton

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FPI'S GAME OF THE WEEK: FALCONS-BRONCOS

Not only will Sunday's game pit the Broncos' ferocious defense against the Falcons' high-flying offense, but it features FPI's highest matchup quality in Week 5. FPI game rater

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Falcons DE Dwight Freeney told me he taught his signature spin move to Von Miller when the two worked out together in California a few years back. Said Miller, "It was something I really wanted in my arsenal. ... Pass-rushers, they all speak the same language."

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Linebackers Deion Jones (calf/ankle), De'Vondre Campbell (ankle), and Paul Worrilow (groin) all on Falcons injury report as not participating in practice along with P Matt Bosher (right hamstring) and DE Dwight Freeney (rest). G Chris Chester (knee), WR Justin Hardy (shoulder), WR Mohamed Sanu (shoulder), TE Jacob Tamme (hip), K Matt Bryant (right hamstring) all limited. DE Brooks Reed (shoulder) full.

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JULIO JONES COULD MAKE HISTORY SUNDAY

Jones didn't set the single-game receiving record last week, but he could break the two-game record this week. He would need 199 yards in Denver to pass Josh Gordon's mark of 498 receiving yards. Milestones to watch

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Falcons injury report: Linebackers Deion Jones (ankle), De'Vondre Campbell (ankle), and Paul Worrilow (groin) all held out along with P Matt Bosher (hamstring). Wide receivers Mohamed Sanu (shoulder) and Justin Hardy (shoulder) both limited. K Matt Bryant (hamstring), G Chris Chester (knee), TE Jacob Tamme (hip), DE Brooks Reed (shoulder), and DE Dwight Freeney (rest) all had full participation.

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Kubiak: Stopping Julio Jones 'the ultimate challenge'

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  • Published: Oct. 6, 2016 at 11:02 a.m.
  • Updated: Oct. 6, 2016 at 03:44 p.m.
 
 
 

 

If Atlanta's high-powered offense comes as a surprise to most, that isn't the case with Gary Kubiak.

After all, the Broncos coach spent years mentoring Falcons play-caller Kyle Shanahan during their time together in Houston, leading to plenty of shared DNA in how both coaches attack defenses.

Still, Kubiak knows that Atlanta has one very unusual and uber-gifted X-factor in-house: The insanely dangerous Julio Jones, who will face the Broncos on Sunday one week after the pass-catcher fried the Panthers for 300 yards and a touchdown off 12 catches.

"It's the ultimate challenge -- the job that he does, and Kyle moves him all over the place," Kubiak said this week, per the Falcons team website. "In this league there's one challenge after another, and you just try to get your guys to stay focused on what we do and how we do things. So that's what we really try to do as a group. On defense, all 11 of us will have to play well; it's not about one guy. So we're really going to try to stay focused on our football team and what we need to do to be successful."

 

 

 

While the Broncos boast the fiercest defense league-wide, the Falconsoffense looms as the stiffest test yet for a Von Miller-led unit that has guided Denver to a 4-0 mark to open the year.

While Jones remains the centerpiece of Atlanta's attack, the Falcons also have receivers Mohamed Sanu, Taylor Gabriel and Aldrick Robinson making plays alongside two versatile backs --Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman-- who can hurt teams on the ground and through the air. To top it off, quarterback Matt Ryan is playing at an MVP-level under Shanahan's direction.

"It's extremely difficult," Kubiak said of defending the Falcons. "Like I said, because Kyle does move people all over the place, and in this league you've got to do that to get guys the ball. They're running the ball extremely well; they're making a lot of explosive football plays. It's a lot of guys making those plays for them. They're extremely balanced in what they're doing and that's a credit to Kyle and the staff and the job they're doing."

Kubiak also noted that while he and Shanahan lean on plenty of shared philosophies, his former pupil has grown into his own man.

"I've studied his film all the time, obviously, because, being together for a long time, he's really branched out. Playing a lot of personnels," Kubiak said. "I think his offense has had new identities every year -- I think that's a credit to him. He studies really hard."

Not everyone will agree, but Sunday's matchup between student-and-master -- and Atlanta's whirlwind offense vs. Denver's historically special defense -- has many around the NFL Media newsroom calling this the game of the week.

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