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The Atlanta Falcons(8-1) are coming off the first loss of the season against the rival New Orleans Saints (4-5). It was a heart breaking loss that saw the Falcons come within one yard of remaining undefeated. The loss against the Saints showed the vulnerabilities that the Falcons had been able to overcome up until then. If the Falcons are going to beat the visiting Arizona Cardinals (4-5), who are losers of five straight after a 4-0 start, they are going to have to fix these problems.The first issue that I see is the running game, or lack-there-of. In the loss to the Saints, the Falcons managed to gain 46 yards on 18 carries. Michael Turner, who led the NFC last year in rushing, was held to 15 yards on 13 carries. Arizona should be a good team to get the run game back on track as they are allowing 126 yards rushing per game. Another issue that needs work is goal-line and short-yardage situations. Now, if the run game improves, then this issue gets fixed. However, if we can not get...
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Michael Turner says the Atlanta Falcons' rushing attack might not be as bad off as some people think.
Coming off their first loss of the season, Turner and the Falcons were punchless in short yardage situations last week at New Orleans.
The two-time Pro Bowl running back was held to his least productive day in five seasons with Atlanta, running 13 times for 15 yards.
Several starters for the Atlanta Falcons, including wide
receiver Julio Jones (ankle), running back Michael Turner (groin), linebacker
Sean Weatherspoon (ankle) and defensive end John Abraham (back), are
questionable to play against the Arizona Cardinals today, while tight end Tony
Gonzalez (shoulder), linebacker Mike Peterson (foot) and defensive lineman
The Falcons started 8-0 behind Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense. Is Ryan a legitimate MVP candidate?
We've entered the second half of the season and talk of league MVP will start heating up.
Here is a look at my MVP candidates by position:
Payton Manning - Manning not only switched teams but came back from neck surgery that caused him to miss all of...
The Falcons lost a tough divisional game, I don't think anyone is surprised that they will not finish 16-0.
After a rough Week 10, I'm sitting at 92-54-1. Who wants to keep track of a bye.
Let's see if I can turn this around this week.
Arizona at Atlanta - The Cards need to get some production from the QB position if they want any chance to make playoff...
For the first time in three weeks the Atlanta Falcons have not ruled out linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who was their leading tackler when he injured his ankle on Oct. 28, for Sundays game, instead listing Weatherspoon as questionable.
In addition, wide receiver Julio Jones, who has an ankle injury that he suffered last Sunday at New Orleans, also was listed as questionable. Neither...
Ray Edwards' loss is Kroy Biermann's gain for the Atlanta Falcons.
Biermann took over as a starting defensive end earlier this week after the Falcons cut Edwards.
Cliff Matthews and rookie Jonathan Massaquoi also are likely to earn more playing time when Atlanta (8-1) hosts Arizona (4-5) on Sunday.
Biermann originally lost the left end job when the NFL lockout ended last...
Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones missed practice for the second straight day with an ankle injury on Thursday and will be a game-time decision against Arizona.
Jones was injured in last week's loss at New Orleans.
Coach Mike Smith did not say which ankle is bothering Jones.
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is rehabbing a sprained right ankle and hopes to avoid missing his...
Will the injury bug be the factor that derails the Atlanta Falcons 2012-13 season?
Going into Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, the team is most likely going to be without the two out of the three stars that have anchored their past three draft classes.
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Falcons receiver Julio Jones (ankle) missed Friday's practice and remains a game-time decision for Sunday. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionFantasy Spin:Jones left Week 10's game against the Saints with an ankle injury but returned after missing 28 offensive snaps and made a 52-yard catch. The Falcons indicated Thursday that they'll wait as long as possible to make...
ATLANTA Michael Turner, in some small measure, felt vindicated.
After all, Paul Dunn, the Atlanta Falcons assistant offensive line coach, had delivered a message to the veteran running back and his teammates in meetings this week, pulling aside his short-yardage unit to remind them of its potential. There was little screaming. Just a reminder; A simple message concerning what the...