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The Atlanta Falcons have a simple goal this week against Ndamukong Suh.
They want to keep Detroit's high-strung defensive tackle from touching quarterback Matt Ryan.
Each team complained about the other following Atlanta's seven-point victory last year in Detroit.
Falcons center Todd McClure and receiver Roddy White said that Suh and left end Cliff Avril were taunting Ryan when the quarterback was briefly injured.
Ryan returned to lead another scoring drive, but after the game Suh and linebacker Stephen Tulloch complained that Atlanta's offensive line used dirty techniques that could injure opponents.
Going into their game on Saturday at Detroit, the Falcons (12-2) and Lions (4-10) seem unwilling to rehash the bitterness lingering from last season.
Suh says ''it's a different year.'' McClure agreed, saying ''it's a different game.''
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. The most quotable member of the Atlanta Falcons was trying not to say anything at all.
But he couldn't help himself and failed.
As the team's open locker room session with the media came to a close, wide receiver Roddy White left for a meeting and announced, "I'm not talking until after we win home-field advantage."
HO HO HO! Merry Christmas everybody. This is the season for football, and what a marvelous season it has been so far. We have seen many things this 2012 season.It started with Bounty Gate and replacement refs, to field goals and touchdowns that weren't, to quarterback controversies, to the return of Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson (who both are top contenders for MVP and Comeback...
Thursday was an ugly, rainy day at Atlanta's practice facility - a perfect setting for the Falcons to be reminded they can make sure they don't play another game outdoors this season.
That's added motivation to avoid a letdown in Saturday night's game at Detroit's Ford Field.
The Falcons can secure home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs by beating the...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. Nate Burleson's broken leg was supposed to open the door for recent draft picks Titus Young and Ryan Broyles to establish themselves as the Detroit Lions top receivers behind Calvin Johnson.
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Two months later, things have...
The Atlanta Falcons swagger captain is hands down, without a doubt veteran receiver Roddy White.
White can thump his chest and talk trash with the best of them. He has every right to, to a certain degree as his team is 12-2. Boom. Right now they are the best in the business with only the AFC’s Houston Texans holding a similar record.
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Net points per drive: 0.71 (4th)
DVOA: 11.7% (9th)
Weighted DVOA: 7.3% (12th)
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ATTENTION, ATTENTION! Miss Erin Willett is craving your attention!
Erin’s 10,000+ Twitter followers all became pseudo-Atlanta Falcons fans on Sunday after Erin, a 23 year old vascular technologist (uh?), lost a bet with a fellow tweeter. The interwebs tell us that she doesn’t currently maintain celebrity status, but 10K is nothing to sneeze at (hot chicks have it easy).
The Detroit Lions have placed defensive lineman Nick Fairley
on season-ending injured reserve due to a shoulder injury, the Associated Press
The Detroit Lion have put defensive tackle Nick Fairley on
injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
Fairley, a first-round pick by the Lions in 2011, was in the
midst of a breakout campaign prior to sustaining his shoulder injury...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Calvin Johnson was 10 years old when Jerry Rice set the NFL record in 1995 for receiving yards in a season.
Johnson says he's never met Rice, never talked to him and really hasn't gone back to study tape of the indisputable greatest receiver in football history.
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went from 10-6 in 2010 to 4-12 last season. It got coach Raheem Morris fired.
The Detroit Lions were 10-6 last year and are two more losses from also finishing 4-12. Will that get Jim Schwartz canned?
In this day and age, whenever a team fails to live up to expectations, the demand for a coaching change is inevitable.
The Atlanta Falcons hope a strong finish to the regular season will help build enough momentum to avoid another early playoff exit.
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The visiting Falcons can clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs by handing the Lions a seventh consecutive loss Saturday...
Last week: 27 (-1)
Net points per drive: -0.02 (15th)
DVOA: -0.5% (14th)
Weighted DVOA: -1.0% (16th)
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