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Al Davis would've loved these Atlanta Falcons.
All they do is win, baby.
Sure, it's rarely with a lot of flare.
There's no voters to impress or computers to win over in the NFL.
''Style points don't get you a ring,'' linebacker Mike Peterson was saying the other day, holding court beside his locker before practice. ''Our goal is way bigger than pleasing the media or winning with style points. We've got some hefty goals. Everyone knows about them.''
For this team, it's Super Bowl or bust.
With each grind-it-out win - seven of the triumphs on their 11-1 mark have been by seven points or less - the Falcons are looking more and more like a team that can finally bring the A-T-L its first Super Bowl championship. Don't listen to the skeptics, who seem to think the inability to blow out teams is a sign of vulnerability.
The Falcons are perfectly content to win by one or two or three points, as they should be, es...
BEST OF MAXIM
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. To look at the arc of the career of Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens from a certain direction, one can see a downward trend.
As a rookie in 2009, Owens started six games. Then it was three the next season, two last and just one this one in 12 games.
Yet on Thursday, when Falcons starting left cornerback Asante Samuel went out of the game on the third play...
The Atlanta Falcons approach this weekend’s matchup against
the Carolina Panthers with a banged up secondary, as safety William Moore and
cornerback Asante Samuel each missed practice again Thursday, while running
back Michael Turner practiced at a limited capacity for the second day in a
Samuel missed practice for the second day in a row due to a
shoulder injury. The...
(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer This could be Jacquizz Rodgers' week to be more than a complement to Michael Turner in the Atlanta Falcons' running game.
Rodgers has seen a steady increase in carries and has been the team's leading rusher in two of the last four games. Still, he has remained the clear backup to Turner, who has had more...
According to Steve Reed of the Associated Press, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy said that they are better than the Falcons. Panthers DE Greg Hardy says Panthers are a better team than the Falcons. No, really. He said it. — Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) December 5, 2012 Well we are at the time during the regular season when players from around the NFL seem to be in denial with the...
Falcons HC Mike Smith hinted at the notion that Asante Samuel may not end up playing against the Panthers on Sunday, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“He was only able to play three plays, so we are going to definitely be very cautious and make sure he’s ready to go,” said Smith. “He wants to be out there playing, I know that, but we want to make sure he gets cleared...
Last week: 6 (+2)
Net points per drive: 0.64 (4th)
DVOA: 6.3% (10th)
Weighted DVOA: 2.1% (14th)
RB Michael Turner: Rushed for 83 yards (60 yards after contact) and a touchdown on 12 attempts, 5 broken tackles, 1 fumble, caught 1 pass for 7 yards on 1 attempt
LT Sam Baker: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 34 pass block snaps, run blocked for 17 yards on 2 attempts...
While the Atlanta Falcons wrapped up the NFC South title last week, they have their eyes set on a larger goal.
Hoping to inch closer to securing the conference's No. 1 seed, the visiting Falcons try for a sixth consecutive victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
While Atlanta (11-1) is usually led by an offense that ranks seventh in the league in scoring at 26.4 points...
The Falcons (11-1) are coming off an emotional win last Thursday against the hated New Orleans Saints (5-7). In that game, the Falcons defense was able to force Drew Brees into 5 interceptions and held the Saints to a season-low 13 points. They also managed to break Brees' streak of consecutive games with a passing score.The Falcons are hoping to take this momentum into their...
The Atlanta Falcons will play against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST. Despite the Falcons being 11-1 the jury remains out on whether they are a true Super Bowl contender or just a team that looks pretty in Week 14. Their opponent on Sunday, Carolina has been inconsistent all season on offense.
So who is favored in the Falcons versus Panthers game? The Falcons will...