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Jones (ankle) ruled out for Sunday's game at Denver

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    Vaughn McClureESPN Staff Writer

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons starting middle linebacker Deion Jones, who injured his right ankle on the play that led to Carolina quarterbackCam Newton sustaining a concussion last week, has been ruled out for the game Sunday at Denver.

Jones, named the NFC's Defensive Rookie of the Month for September, did not practice all week along with fellow inside linebacker De'Vondre Campbell andPaul Worrilow, who were also ruled out by Falcons coach Dan Quinn.

LaRoy Reynolds, a fifth-year player who began his career in Jacksonville, will start in place of Jones. Reynolds has four career starts and had one start in 13 games with the Chicago Bears last season.

"He had a good week of preparation,'' Quinn said of Reynolds. "We've got great confidence in him.''

With Campbell also sidelined and Sean Weatherspoon placed on injured reserve this week with a torn Achilles, Philip Wheeler will start at weak-side linebacker alongside Reynolds. The Falcons also signed veteran A.J. Hawk for depth this week, and Hawk is expected to be active. Hawk is capable of playing either the middle or weak-side position.

Safety Kemal Ishmael might be able to play linebacker in a pinch, having played some linebacker responsibilities in the dime package last season. Outside linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. said nothing has been said to him about the possibility of moving inside based on the need.

Playing without both Jones and Campbell will significantly hurt the Falcons from a coverage standpoint. Both rookies instantly improved the team's speed on defense. Campbell's length and ability to guard tight ends has been missed the last three games while he's been inactive.

Jones is tied for the team lead with 30 tackles, meaning a capable tackler will be out of the lineup on a day the Broncos will certainly try to get their running game going. Denver running back C.J. Anderson is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry, but the Falcons have had their problems with missed tackles and allowing explosive runs.

In other injury news, Quinn said punter Matt Bosher and kicker Matt Bryantare ready to play coming off hamstring injuries. Bosher punted Friday after being sidelined the previous two days.

Quinn also said cornerback Jalen Collins, who was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, will be moved to the active roster from the exempt list over the weekend. Collins said he expects to play Sunday based on his special teams work and backup role on defense throughout the week of practice.

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I wonder with Ishmael possibly playing LB, Dashon Goldson might be active. Heck he might be active for the simple fact of all the guys inactive because of injuries

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17 hours ago, jwickha2 said:

I wonder with Ishmael possibly playing LB, Dashon Goldson might be active. Heck he might be active for the simple fact of all the guys inactive b

It's very possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Devonta Freeman appreciates 'legendary' label from Von Miller

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    Vaughn McClureESPN Staff Writer

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freemanalways respects other players around the league, but his respect for Denver pass-rusher Von Miller went up another level.

Leading into the Falcons-Broncos game Sunday, Miller used the term "legendary" to describe the type of player he saw in Freeman. Maybe Miller was being a little over the top -- he did use the word again to describe Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews, his former college teammate -- but Miller's words still were impactful to Freeman.

"I feel like all the guys in the league respect each other," Freeman said. "Some guys have their difficulties with each other, but a lot of guys understand what we're all going through. We're all going through the same things. We're all grinding. We're all working hard to try and feed our families.

"Von's a vet. He's a dog, a superstar. I hope my career goes on a sky rise like his, or Julio's (Jones) or Matt's (Ryan). Them, they're just great guys. I feel like Von is one of the best at what he does. It's all love and the utmost respect for that guy."

Freeman enters the game eighth in the league in rushing with 322 rushing yards on 55 carries with a touchdown. His 5.9 yards per carry are second-best in the league behind Cleveland's Isaiah Crowell (6.5).

Miller and the Broncos rank 21st in the league against the run in yielding 113.8 rushing yards per game. They've surrendered five rushing touchdowns as a opposed to just two scores through the air.

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Atlanta Falcons hand Denver Broncos first loss 23-16

 

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DENVER (AP) — Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons didn't need another 300-yard performance from Julio Jones to decipher Denver's dazzling defense and wreck Paxton Lynch's first NFL start with a 23-16 win over Broncos on Sunday.

Using a steady dose of I-formation runs and short passes that put Denver's linebackers in coverage, the Falcons (4-1) handed the Super Bowl champs their first loss since Dec. 20 at Pittsburgh and left the Minnesota Vikings (5-0) as the NFL's last unbeaten team.

The Broncos (4-1) were on their heels having to respect the play-action because Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman were so effective running the ball, combining for 119 yards and a 4.4-yard average.

A week after setting a franchise record with 503 yards passing in a runaway win over Super Bowl 50's other participant, the Carolina Panthers, Ryan threw for 267 yards Sunday and only two of those (covering 29 yards) went to Jones.

Last week, Jones became just the sixth 300-yard receiver in NFL annals, not that Denver's "No Fly Zone" defense was impressed. They dismissed that performance as a bad day by the Panthers, and they stifled Jones all afternoon.

Not that it mattered.

Coleman, who played despite having sickle cell trait, which can sometimes be exacerbated at altitude, showed off his breakaway speed by catching four passes for 132 yards to go with his 31 yards on six carries.

Ryan's rather modest total included a 31-yard touchdown toss to Coleman following Ricardo Allen's interception at the Denver 42 in the third quarter that made it 20-3.

That sequence sent some flustered fans streaming for the exits as the Falcons finished off the Broncos, who hadn't lost at home since Dec. 13 against Oakland.

The Broncos don't have much time to digest the loss. They play at San Diego on Thursday night, and their hope is that Trevor Siemian's bruised left shoulder is healed by then.

Lynch, the 26th overall pick out of Memphis last April, got the starting nod because Siemian's bruised A.C. joint in his non-throwing shoulder was still bothering him a week after he was flung to the turf in Tampa.

It was Lynch who showed he wasn't ready Sunday, however.

He completed 23 of 35 passes for 223 yards with a late TD to Demaryius Thomas and an interception. He was sacked a half-dozen times, including 3½ times by outside linebacker Vic Beasley, who burned right tackle Ty Sambrailo on three of those takedowns.

Lynch's footwork was a mess and his overthrows and misfires ruined any chance the Broncos had of capitalizing on the league's 30th ranked defense, including the NFL's next-to-last pass defense and a patchwork linebacker corps .

Unlike Siemian, Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler, all of whom did enough to allow Denver's stout defense to secure the win during an NFL-best nine-game winning streak, Lynch couldn't avoid mistakes that doomed his team to defeat. He constantly held onto the ball too long and too often didn't make decisions or moves fast enough.

PROTECTION PROBLEMS: It didn't help Denver that right tackle Donald Stephenson (calf) was deactivated for a third straight week. Ty Sambrailo was repeatedly burned by Beasley before the Broncos moved right guard Michael Schofield over and inserted Darrion Weems.

GROUNDED GROUND GAME: The Broncos' ground game has ground to a near standstill ever since Stephenson and tight end Virgil Green pulled calf muscles in Week 2. After averaging 141 yards and 4.7 yards a carry in their first two games, the Broncos nosedived to 70 yards and 2.5 yards a carry in next two games. Green and Stephenson were surprise holdouts Sunday and the Broncos gained just 84 yards on two dozen handoffs.

MILLER TIME: Even in defeat, Von Miller got to the quarterback. He recorded a sack and now has 6½ on the season.

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Dwight Freeney to Matt Ryan: Sorry for Von Miller sack

 

Vaughn McClure

ESPN.com | 11:36 AM ET


 

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Prior to the Atlanta Falcons' road trip to Denver, veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney revealed he taught Broncos pass-rusher Von Miller his signature spin move before last season.

Freeney's teammate, quarterback Matt Ryan, joked about giving Freeney a hard time on the plane ride after the game if Miller happened to get a sack using the move. Well, Miller sacked Ryan in the third quarter, off a spin move.

So what did Freeney plan to tell Ryan?

"I'll tell him, 'I'm sorry,'" Freeney said with a laugh. "And, 'Whatever you need this week, I got you.'"

Surely Ryan will accept the apology, considering the Falcons left Denver with a 23-16 win. Miller's sack meant little in the grand scheme as Ryan picked apart the vaunted defense, thanks in large part to the mismatches created when speedy Tevin Coleman ran routes against linebackers.

As for Freeney, his wealth of pass-rush knowledge hasn't just helped opponents such as Miller. Fellow Falcon Vic Beasley Jr. had a breakout game against the Broncos with 3.5 sacks, as Beasley use his speed to take advantage of rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch along with slow-footed right tackles Ty Sambrailo and Michael Schofield. The Broncos regular starting right tackle, Donald Stephenson, has been sidelined with a calf injury. The Falcons were able to pin their ears back and rush Lynch after stopping the run first.

Freeney will continue to help Beasley mature as a pass-rusher. The seven-time Pro Bowler also will continue to assist others around the league.

"At the end the day, it's a fraternity," Freeney said of pass-rushers. "Matt understands that, because it's a quarterback fraternity as well. I'm sure Peyton (Manning) or someone has helped out some quarterback [along] the way. For me, I help out the younger defensive ends. They call me. ... I'm trying to help them feed their families, to help them be the very best."

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Chris Harris: Patriots-esque game plan beat Broncos

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  • By Kevin Patra
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  • Published: Oct. 10, 2016 at 10:23 a.m.
  • Updated: Oct. 10, 2016 at 12:13 p.m.

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Kyle Shanahan didn't test the "No Fly Zone" much on Sunday. Instead, the Atlanta Falcons picked on Denver Broncoslinebackers with their superb running backs.

Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman combined for 167 receiving yards. Coleman was particularly deadly. The speedy back sometimes lined up as a receiver, drawing a linebacker in coverage, torching the Broncos for 132 receiving yards on four catches (33.0 yards per catch average) with a touchdown.

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The Broncos' defense allowed more points (23), total yards (372), passing yards (250) and yards per play (6.0) than in any other game this season. Matt Ryan's 98.4 passer rating was more than 25 points higher than the past six quarterbacks to face the Broncos (Tom Brady, Cam Newton (twice), Andrew Luck, Andy Daltonand Jameis Winston).

Coleman became the first player to record 100-plus receiving yards against theBroncos this season. The last player to breach the 100-yard barrier was Rob Gronkowski in the 2015 AFC Championship game (144 yards on eight receptions).

That string is notable because the Patriots were the last team to exploit Broncoslinebackers in coverage the way Shanahan did Sunday.

"We haven't seen that scheme since the AFC championship. That's Patriots all day," Broncos cornerback Chris Harrissaid, via the Denver Post.

Not only did Gronk exploit the matchup with Denver linebackers that January day, but New England running back James White got open often and earned 16 (!) targets, but only caught five passes. (Ask anyone from Boston, and they'll tell you that the Patriots, not Denver, would be Super Bowl champs if White didn't have butterfingers.)

Putting Denver's linebackers in precarious positions is easier said than done. The Falcons, like the Pats before, own unique personnel to exploit the matchups. On Sunday, Shanahan deployed the perfect game plan to penetrate a previously impervious defense.

That game script was out there, but most teams don't have a Coleman-Freeman tandem that can take advantage.

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Atlanta Falcons poised to ignore hype, avoid another collapse

 

Jeffri Chadiha NFL Media Columnist

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DENVER -- The Atlanta Falcons knew the question was coming. They expected it before they ever finished celebrating their 23-16 win over the Denver Broncos, when the sweet taste of beating the defending Super Bowl champions hadn't even settled in. It was Atlanta's most impressive accomplishment in a season that already had begun quite impressively. The issue now is whether these Falcons are as good as they look, if they actually are built to last.

That has to be the topic of discussion today, with Atlanta (4-1) fresh off its fourth straight victory. There is going to be plenty of hype surrounding this team after Sunday's performance, but let's also not forget the memory of last season. The Falcons opened 2015 with five straight wins and inspired just as much optimism about their long-term potential. They wound up losing eight of their last 11 games, while watching the Carolina Panthers run away with the NFC South.

This is why it's best to approach this year's Falcons with a little more caution, even though they believe they're more equipped to deal with early success.

"I think we are mentally tougher," quarterback Matt Ryan said. "We are a more resilient group for sure, and you learn from that. Obviously we started fast last year and it didn't go our way in the second half of the season. But I think what you learn, especially for young guys, is that the difference between wins and losses are a handful of plays and we have to be on the right end. I think we have done a really good job being opportunistic early in the season."

That is the biggest reason to feel good about Atlanta right now. These Falcons realize that they've been down this road before and they don't want to falter again. The hidden blessing in last year's collapse was that it hardened this team in such a way that it won't start believing it's arrived too quickly. The more the Falcons talked after Sunday's game, the more they sounded like a group of guys who won't be savoring their success until they're playing deep into January.

Sunday's game was a perfect example of that focus. The Falcons were facing the best defense in football and they marched right down the field on their first possession for a touchdown. They knew Denver would try to take away Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones -- who had gained 300 receiving yardsa win over Carolina -- so they relied on other players to deliver big plays. A defense that had struggled in the first four games of the season also harassed rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch all day long, as that unit finished with six sacks.

It was easy to write off Atlanta's early success as being a combination of good timing and a weak schedule. After all, two of their wins came against New Orleans and the struggling Panthers (both of whom have one victory thus far) while they also lost at home to a two-win team, the Buccaneers. Facing the Broncos in Denver was an entirely different challenge. The Falcons ultimately controlled the game throughout, building a 23-6 lead in the fourth quarter that provided enough breathing room to hold off a late Broncos rally.

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had a brilliant game plan that focused on exploiting the Broncos linebackers: Running back Tevin Coleman had 132 receiving yards, while his backfield mate, Devonta Freeman, ran for 88 yards on 23 carries. The versatility that the Falcons have displayed on offense should bode well for them in the coming weeks.

"We have different guys that can get involved in the pass game and different guys that can get involved in the run game," head coach Dan Quinn said. "We know the different matchups each week and sometimes you get an opening [to exploit]."

The Falcons also have the type of chemistry Quinn has been trying to establish since he arrived in Atlanta last year. As the former defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks, he subscribes to the same feel-good principles that helped Pete Carroll build a juggernaut in the Pacific Northwest. Quinn values bonding as much as he does ballers, and this team is starting to feel more like a cohesive unit. As defensive end Adrian Clayborn said, "We're a brotherhood, and it shows out on the field. We're together no matter what."

Still, the most obvious determinant of how Atlanta will do moving forward is the play of that defense. There's little question that this team has enough firepower to put up points in bunches, as the Falconslead the NFL in scoring (35 points per game) and total yardage (457.4 per game). The defense, on the other hand, is allowing 28 points per contest and had just four sacks coming into Sunday's game. With three games coming up against top quarterbacks -- Atlanta will meet Seattle (with Russell Wilson), San Diego (Philip Rivers) and over the next three weeks -- the Falcons must find an effort similar to what they produced against the Broncos.


Granted, it's much easier to play defense when you're playing with a lead and facing a first-year quarterback making his first NFL start, as Lynch was in that contest. However, there were still plenty of positives for the Falcons to take away from that victory. The most obvious was the breakout effort delivered by second-year defensive end Vic Beasley. He had 3.5 sacks on Sunday -- after amassing four throughout all of 2015 -- and he now leads the team with 4.5 this year. The Falcons have to hope that game sets Beasley on a course to be the difference maker he was projected to be when Atlanta selected him in the first round of last year's draft.

The presence of 15th-year veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney -- who has three sacks of his own -- also should be a huge factor in whatever success this team enjoys moving forward. He joined the Arizona Cardinals last October and helped them reach the NFC Championship Game with nine sacks in 13 games (including the postseason). There's little doubt his experience and savvy can help Beasley and all the other young defensive players on that roster.

Freeney has been around long enough to know what Atlanta learned last year: That this is merely a nice start to a long season -- nothing more. Quinn echoed that same sentiment when he was asked how he would keep his players level-headed as they enter the discussion about potential playoff contenders.

"We reset," Quinn said. "That's what we do. We go through a process when we get ready to play ball and we love that process that we go through. It starts tomorrow."

That's the predictable approach, and it's one that every coach in the NFL applies each week. The difference here is that it means more to the Falcons after everything they went through in 2015. They've been in this place before, that much we know to be true. That disappointing experience also should have plenty to do with where they ultimately go from here.

Follow Jeffri Chadiha on Twitter @jeffrichadiha.

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Falcons, Seahawks meet in battle of strength vs. strength

 

Marty Callinan

ESPN.com | 4:50 PM ET


 

The Atlanta Falcons wrap up one of the toughest two-game road trips in the NFL this season when they take on the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6.

Atlanta won their first big road test of the season in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos. Denver entered last week’s game with the top defense in ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) ratings. The Seahawks enter Sunday’s game with the No. 5 defense.

On the flip side, the most-efficient offense in the NFL will be the toughest test for Seattle this season. So far the Seahawks have faced the Miami Dolphins (No. 27 offense in FPI moving forward), Los Angeles Rams (No. 31), San Francisco 49ers (28th) and New York Jets (No. 20).

Let’s take a look inside one of the best matchups of the week.

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Matt Ryan enters Sunday’s game with a Total QBR of 88, best in the NFL.

 


Ryan ranks in the top three among qualified quarterbacks in completion percentage, yards per attempt and passing touchdowns.

One of Ryan’s strengths this season has been attacking defenses downfield. On passes thrown 15 or more yards past the line of scrimmage, Ryan ranks fourth in completion percentage (61 percent), first in yards per attempt (20.2) and tied for third in touchdowns without an interception (three).

Seattle has allowed 302 yards on throws of 15 or more yards this season, fourth-fewest in the NFL. For context, Ryan has 344 yards on passes that distance in the past two weeks alone.

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Seattle enters the week two spots ahead of Atlanta in FPI at No. 8. A large part of that top-10 rating comes from the Seahawks’ defense that ranks fifth in efficiency this season behind the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens.

The Seahawks are one of the best tackling teams in the NFL. They have allowed 1.2 yards after contact per rush this season, fourth in the NFL and just two-tenths of a yard behind the Eagles, who are in first place in that category.

The Seahawks should be more concerned about preventing the Falcons' line from getting a big push. Atlanta ranks fourth in the NFL at 3.1 yards before contact per rush. If Seattle can do that, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman rank in the bottom third of the league in yards after contact per rush.

Seattle has allowed a total of 96 yards after contact on receptions this season. That’s only 5 yards behind the league leader. Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones had 83 yards after contact in Week 4 alone.

If the Falcons find a way to win Sunday, they will have beaten the team that's tied for the best home win percentage in the NFL since the start of 2012 (Broncos), as well as the team with the best home win percentage in the NFC during that span (Seahawks) in back-to-back weeks.

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NFL changes start times for pair of Week 8 games

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  • Published: Oct. 12, 2016 at 03:24 p.m.

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The NFL announced is changing the start times for a couple of Week 8 contests on Sunday, Oct. 30.

The Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons game will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET (previously scheduled at 1 p.m.) on FOX and the Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers game moves to 1:00 p.m. ET (originally scheduled for 4:25 p.m.) on FOX.

The Panthers' 1-4 start coupled with the Cardinals 2-3 mark likely instigated the league's decision to move the rematch of last year's NFC title game to an early slot. In addition, NFC bragging rights could be at stake in the Packers-Falconscontest.

All other Week 8 contests will start at their originally scheduled times.

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21 hours ago, blkbigdog35 said:

NFL changes start times for pair of Week 8 games

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  • Published: Oct. 12, 2016 at 03:24 p.m.

Find this article at:http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000719904/article/nfl-changes-start-times-for-pair-of-week-8-games

The NFL announced is changing the start times for a couple of Week 8 contests on Sunday, Oct. 30.

The Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons game will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET (previously scheduled at 1 p.m.) on FOX and the Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers game moves to 1:00 p.m. ET (originally scheduled for 4:25 p.m.) on FOX.

The Panthers' 1-4 start coupled with the Cardinals 2-3 mark likely instigated the league's decision to move the rematch of last year's NFC title game to an early slot. In addition, NFC bragging rights could be at stake in the Packers-Falconscontest.

All other Week 8 contests will start at their originally scheduled times.

I saw this.  They realize the Falcons/packers a much better match up than Card/panthers

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5 hours ago, WhenFalconsWin said:

I saw this.  They realize the Falcons/packers a much better match up than Card/panthers

I'm glad to see our boys getting some recognition.

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Next obstacle for Falcons rookie De'Vondre Campbell: Jimmy Graham

 

Vaughn McClure

ESPN.com | 6:54 PM ET


 

SEATTLE -- Overcoming a severe ankle injury was hard enough for De'Vondre Campbell. Now the Atlanta Falcons rookie linebacker might have another taxing obstacle in front of him as he returns to the lineup.

Campbell, who has missed the last four games, could see his share of three-time Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham when the Falcons (4-1) and Seahawks (3-1) clash Sunday. The Falcons drafted the 6-foot-4-inch, 232-pound Campbell, in large part, because he possesses the speed and length to cover tight ends. And now comes the 6-7, 265-pound Graham, who enters the game with back-to-back outings of 100-plus yards receiving.

"He's a good player," Campbell said of Graham. "He was really good in New Orleans. I wouldn't say he fell off, but he's on a much better team. He doesn't get as much attention as he did before, but he's still a really good player and very talented. He can go get the ball. You've got to watch out for guys like that."

The Falcons surrendered a pair of touchdown passes to tight ends in a season-opening loss to Tampa Bay. Then Campbell injured his ankle during practice leading up to a Week 2 game at Oakland. Tight ends Coby Fleener of New Orleans and Greg Olsen of the Panthers caught touchdowns against the Falcons in Weeks 3 and 4, respectively.

That's not to say Campbell will cure all the Falcons' coverage woes. He'll have to get reacclimated to the defense after the extended layoff. He suffered a high left ankle sprain with some low-ankle components during practice leading into the Week 2 game at Oakland. It led to significant swelling and an inability to cut. Campbell was running full speed in man coverage against fellow rookie Austin Hooper, tried to make a play on an overthrown ball, then buckled to the ground while attempting to slow down to avoid a crossing teammate.

"I've never been injured before so just sitting there watching, that probably was the hardest part for me," Campbell said. "But it definitely helped me grow and helped me become a better person in terms of being able to deal with adversity."

Having Campbell back allows the Falcons to sprinkle in more man-to-man coverage. It also helps getting speedy rookie middle linebacker Deion Jones back from his own ankle injury after missing last week. The Falcons will need their full arsenal of players to keep up with elusive Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who might create havoc while much healthier off the bye week.

Still, the potential matchup between Campbell and Graham might be the most intriguing one outside of Julio Jones and Richard Sherman.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn talked about having Campbell back for a situation such as covering Graham.

"It adds another element to our team with more length and more size," Quinn said. "We know Jimmy is a unique player, so (Campbell) would add another player on our team that could play that. We don't play man-to-man all the time, but when we want to match up, it gives us another option to do that."

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Seahawks escape Julio, Falcons on controversial call

 

Chris Wesseling Around the NFL Writer

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Earl Thomas intercepted a pass off of Julio Jones' fingertips, setting up Steven Hauschka's go-ahead field goal as the Seahawks escaped with a 26-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Here's what we learned:

1. The interception was the first target that Jones didn't corral all game en route to 139 yards and a touchdown. The second unsuccessful target came on the Falcons' final play of the game when Richard Sherman got away with an obvious pass interference, grabbing Jones' arm and preventing him from catching a fourth-down heave from Matt Ryan. It's not unusual for officials to swallow the whistle on a game-ending jumpball, but that won't mollify an irate Dan Quinn -- nor should it.

2. This was a tale of two halves for the Falcons offense and Seahawks defense. With Seattle's timely blitzes wreaking havoc on Atlanta's offensive line, Ryan was sacked or hit on 11 of 17 first-half dropbacks. Minus Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor, Sherman and Seattle's secondary tied down Jones and the rest of the Falcons receivers, forcing Ryan to hold onto the ball while Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril took turns battering the MVP favorite.

It was a different story in the third quarter, as Ryan found a rhythm, hitting 13 of 17 passes for 220 yards and three of the four passing touchdowns allowed by Seattle this season. Long scores of 36 yards to Jones and 46 yards to Levine Toilolo were the direct result of busted coverage -- confusion perhaps borne out of Sherman's man-to-man approach to Jones in an otherwise zone defense.

3. The Falcons surpassed all reasonable expectations in their three-game test against both Super Bowl 50 squads (Panthers, Broncos) and the NFL's top scoring defense in each of the past four seasons (Seahawks). The league's top-scoring offense is legit. Through six games, Ryan boasts a 68.1 completion rate, 9.9 yards per attempt, 15:3 TD-to-INT ratio and 117.9 passer rating. He's playing like an MVP frontrunner while play-caller Kyle Shanahan continues to press the right buttons.

After the game, Seahawks All Pro safety Earl Thomas acknowledged to NFL Network's Alex Flanagan, "They brought the best out of us."

4. Seattle's star-studded defense has injury issues heading into next week's NFC West clash at Arizona. The third-quarter collapse coincided with the loss of disruptive pocket-crasher Michael Bennett, who injured his knee on a Jake Matthews cut block. Although Bennett confirmed after the game that he should be ready to face the Cardinals, it might be at a limited capacity. The Seahawks also played without Chancellor (groin) and frisky second-year pass rusher Frank Clark (hamstring).

5. Earl Thomas was a tone-setter for Seattle's defense, delivering several crushing blows. This might have been his strongest performance since undergoing shoulder surgery following Super Bowl XLIX.

6. The late-game fortune will help Pete Carroll escape scrutiny after a head-scratching decision to punt on 4th-and-inches in the opponent's territory late in the third quarter of a tie game. Ryan had just shredded Seattle's short-handed defense on back-to-back touchdown possessions and proceeded to direct a six-play, 97-yard touchdown drive to give Atlanta a 24-17 lead. We look forward to football's progression away from the 4th-and-short punt in the opponent's territory -- a decision that too often results in a touchback and a negligible gain in field position.

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Falcons' Dan Quinn mum on pass interference no-call

 

Conor Orr Around The NFL Writer

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Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn was not shy about letting officials know how he felt about a controversial no-call at the end of Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

What about after the game when he had a moment to collect his thoughts?

"As you go through the last play -- usually one game doesn't define us. So we'll look at it," a much calmer Quinn told reporters after the game. "We certainly had other opportunities in the game to go capitalize and finish, so we won't let it come down to one time for us, or at least comment on that."

Pass interference will undoubtedly work itself into just about every NFL discussion this week after two calls either dramatically influenced the outcome of a game or changed one altogether. In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was flagged for a pass interference call on Ravens wideout Breshad Perriman, which allowed the Ravens to come back and score a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.

After the game, the victorious Giants were still furious and mystified.

"Initially, I wanted to take my helmet off and throw it, but I can't argue calls," Rodgers-Cromartie said, via NJ.com. "I've never been one to argue calls. Even though it was a crucial call, I've got to live with it because that's the decision that he made. No matter what I do, he's not going to overturn it, so I just chilled."

In Seattle, the no-call on Seahawks corner Richard Sherman with 1:30 remaining occurred during a pass to Julio Jones. Atlanta was trailing by two and frantically trying to get into field goal range for a game-winning kick. Sherman appeared to grab one of Jones' hands and force him to the ground during the attempted catch.

Had Jones come down with the ball, he would have ended up roughly on the Seahawks' 35-yard line. The play started on Atlanta's own 25-yard line.

"I do (think I was interfered with)," Jones told reporters after the game. "Before I took off, he grabbed my right side and spun me around before I jumped up. But it was just a missed call. It's over with. It's done. We on to the next one now."

Kudos to the Falcons for keeping this one relatively in check, even if they had every reason not to. It seems like they'll leave the outrage to their fan base.

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Richard Sherman seals Seahawks win by committing pass interference on Julio Jones

 

by Louis Bien@louisbienOct 16, 2016, 7:58p

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Falcons-Seahawks was one of the best games of Week 6 between what have been two of the NFC’s best teams this season. Julio Jones had a huge day against Richard Sherman and the Seahawks’ secondary, catching seven passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. Down 26-24 and driving for a potential game-winning score, the Falcons targeted their big receiver, and he almost made a play ... and might have if he hadn’t been grabbed by Richard Sherman.

On one hand, last-gasp plays tend to be refereed more loosely relative to most plays during games. On the other, oh man that is so pass interference. Jones obviously thought so.

And a presumably impartial Mike Pereira agreed.

Sherman didn’t really deny that there might have been illegal contact on the play, but added that. “I thought there was interference on our offense on a few plays.”

It doesn’t help that Sherman had a tough time guarding Jones throughout the game. Sherman was also upset that he wasn’t in charge of marking Jones more often. He blew up at defensive coordinator Kris Richard after Jones was allowed to line up inside of Sherman and torch the Seahawks’ secondary for a 79-yard touchdown.

Sherman wasn’t as upset as the Falcons will be. If a penalty had been called, the Falcons would have had the ball near the Seahawks’ 35-yard line and at the edge of field goal range with roughly a minute and a half left. The non-call renewed the debate over what should be considered a reviewable play by the referees. Unfortunately for Falcons fans, pass interference is not one of them.

Ohhhh, Atlanta is going to be mad about this one for a while.

 

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3 hours ago, blkbigdog35 said:

 

Ticked' Dan Quinn to send Julio Jones-Richard Sherman no-PI play to NFL for review

 

Needed to be done if only for the league to grade the refs.

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