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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 from scrimmage, Owens had to step in against a New Orleans offense that had bedeviled the Falcons. In the teams previous seven meetings, the Saints had averaged nearly 29 points against Atlanta.
However, as much as Owens young career has been marked by struggles notably against Green Bay in the playoffs in January 2011, as the Packers whipped the Falcons 48-21 he has made slow, steady strides that suddenly became noticeable against New Orleans last week.
Owens illustrated why the front office and coaching staff have had so much faith in him when others have questioned why the Falcons kept him on the rost...
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The Atlanta Falcons aren't putting much significance on winning the NFC South for the second time in three years.
Receiver Roddy White and several teammates say Atlanta has bigger goals - like earning the top playoff seed, winning the conference and winning the franchise's first Super Bowl.
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and running back Michael Turner agree that the Falcons...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. With 4:25 left in regulation and his team leading the New Orleans Saints by seven points, Falcons head coach Mike Smith elected to try a 55-yard field goal.
If Falcons kicker Matt Bryant had missed and Bryant was coming off a game in which he uncharacteristically missed two of three attempts the Saints would have had the ball at the Falcons 45-yard-line and...
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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...
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...
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...
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...