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Let's take a look back at the play that resulted in a Matt Ryan 44 yard TD pass to Roddy White against the Lions this past week. The Falcons started out by lining up in 22 personnel with 2 TEs, 2 backs, and 1 WR out wide (White). The Lions come out in a cover one scheme which means they’ll have one deep safety and everyone else will be playing man. Originally Atlanta stacks the formation to the left but then Matt Ryan motions Michael Palmer to the right side and sees that the Lions are in a cover one after Louis Delmas follows him across the line. The Falcons are going to run PA with Turner which causes the linebackers and the deep safety to step up.
As you can see the Falcons are in max protection with only 2 men going out on routes. For this reason the Falcons and QB Matt Ryan will live or die based on how effective the PA is on this play. If the LBs bite up then Matt will likely have the one on one match up that he wants. The key here will be getting the lone safe...
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Three members of the Atlanta Falcons who have already secured home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs and are currently tied for the best record in the NFL were named to the Pro Bowl team, but none came on the defensive side of the football.
Tight end Tony Gonzalez, playing in what is expected to be his final season, highlighted the trio, earning his 13th berth to the...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Falcons safety Chris Hope said on Wednesday that he will appeal the 30,000 fine that the NFL levied against him for an unnecessary roughness foul he received on Dec. 16 against the New York Giants Victor Cruz.
Oh, yeah, Hope said of his decision to appeal. Im not looking into it right now. Pure focus is on finishing the season strong and making sure we get the...
Out of all of the teams in the playoffs currently, none gets more disrespect that the Atlanta Falcons. Sporting the league’s best record and being undefeated at home has done little to impress the national pundits who clamor for the Packers, Niners and even Redskins more than Atlanta.
A close loss to division rival New Orleans and one really bad showing in Carolina are the only...
Tony Gonzalez hasn't changed his stance on retirement since the first day of training camp.
The 13-time Pro Bowl tight end remains 95 percent certain he will walk away from football after the season, though everything still hinges on whether the Atlanta Falcons advance deep into postseason as a No. 1 playoff seed.
At 36, Gonzalez continues to make enough big plays that he was...
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons disagree with the idea they have little to play for in Sunday's regular-season game against Tampa Bay.
Ryan threw seven touchdown passes with no interceptions the past two weeks while completing 80 percent of his passes.
Coach Mike Smith says that ranks as the fifth-year quarterback's best back-to-back games.
The Falcons (13-2) have home...
While calling it “championship-caliber” may still be somewhat of a stretch, the Atlanta Falcons’ defensive unit is playing much better this year than it had the first four years of Mike Smith’s coaching tenure. You probably couldn’t tell by looking at the statistics though. The Falcons rank 23rd defensively and have given up a lot of yards this season. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE »
With a convincing win over Detroit on Saturday night, the Atlanta Falcons took another step toward a championship by locking up home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
So why isn’t anyone buying Atlanta? The 13-2 Falcons have been dominant against teams they should beat this season, but have not played the most difficult of schedules. That’s not their fault – you...
Athlon Sports' weekly rankings of NFL teams. The Atlanta Falcons have flown back into the top spot after locking up home-field advantage throughout...
Sunday Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons Falcons WR Roddy White (knee)
Jock to Doc take: White did not practice Thursday, and while his knee issue does not seem like a big deal, the Falcons have already secured the NFC's top seed. He will likely be severely limited or scratched altogether.
Health Rating: Roddy White @ 67%
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals Ravens...
Last week: 3 (+0)
Net points per drive: 0.77 (3rd)
DVOA: 11.6% (7th)
Weighted DVOA: 7.3% (11th)
QB Matt Ryan: 25 of 32 for 279 yards and 4 touchdowns, 105.6 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 13 of 35 drop backs (1 sack, 1 scramble, 6 of 11, 1 touchdown)
LG Justin Blalock: Did not allow a pressure on 36 pass block snaps, run blocked for 4 yards on 1 attempt
Win or lose, the Atlanta Falcons will finish the season with the NFC's best record.
Still, given their lack of playoff success with Mike Smith as coach and Matt Ryan under center, the South champs definitely don't want to head into the postseason on a down note.
The Falcons will try to match a team record for wins and finish 8-0 at home on Sunday when they close out the...