Posted October 02, 2013 on AP on Fox
While the Atlanta Falcons caught their fair share of breaks last season, they haven't been nearly as fortunate this time around. A visit from the New York Jets and their struggling rookie quarterback could be just what they need to regroup. Hoping to avoid losing three straight for the first time during the Matt Ryan era, the Falcons try to add to Geno Smith's woes Monday night. Atlanta (1-3) opened a franchise-best 8-0 in 2012 before finishing 13-3, with seven of those wins coming by seven points or less. The Falcons, though, haven't really seen things go their way in their first four games, which have been decided by a combined 24 points. "You just don't panic," said wideout Roddy White, who continues to play through an ankle injury. "You are what you earn in this league, so we're 1-3. You just go out there and correct the problems that you have and get ready for the next game. We know at 1-3 that we can't get back to .500 after one game....
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