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Oakland is coming off a bye and they can hopefully put together a solid performance to get this season going.
Carson Palmer against Matt Ryan is a mismatch on paper since one is running for the MVP whereas the other is just trying to maintain his job and get a few victories down the road.
Darren McFadden needs to run the ball a lot more effectively and going up against the No. 27 ranked rushing defense could allow him to go bonkers on a few plays.
However, Atlanta’s secondary has been loaded with ball hawks all season long regardless of the quarterback. The coming out party was on Monday Night last month against Peyton Manning, picking him off three times in the first quarter.
Thomas DeCoud is playing like a superstar these days with 4 picks and William Moore (safety studs) has two more in his back pocket.
Dunta Robinson and Asante Samuel are legit corners too, which makes this team nearly impossible to complete consistent passes...
BEST OF MAXIM
When the Oakland Raiders travel to the Georgia Dome on Sunday to take on the undefeated Atlanta Falcons, they must control the possession with their offense. Because Atlanta is 28-5 at home with Matt Ryan as their starting quarterback, Oakland will try to sustain drives and take the crowd out of the game. “It’s just being in a dome, it’s always going to be a little bit...
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported on Wednesday that the Falcons tried out a trio of safeties this week: Sean Baker, David Caldwell, and Brodney Pool. The Falcons likely are kicking the tires on these free agent safeties due to concerns about their depth at the position. William Moore suffered a hip injury during the team’s Week 4 win over the Carolina Panthers and has...
The Oakland Raiders have struggled to run the ball through four games this season. The inability to implement their new zone blocking scheme has led to Oakland ranking last in the league in rushing. When they travel to play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, the Raiders will have the opportunity to run on a team ranked near the bottom of the NFL.
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen says he expects Aaron Curry to come from the PUP list (sore knees) next week and participate in practice.“I think he’s made some progress,” Allen said, per CSNBayArea.com. “It’s different when you’re doing your rehab work as opposed to when you’re actually out there playing football. It will be a great deal for us to get him out...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. After taking a look at Dunta Robinson's first two seasons following the Atlanta Falcons' decision to award the cornerback a six-year contract with 25.5 million guaranteed, some Falcons fans might have been left to scratch their heads.
Among the most headline-grabbing things that Robinson did in his first two seasons were hits for which he was fined by...
Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters, who appeared pretty spry while jumping rope with children at a community function Tuesday, hopes that he can return quickly as his six-week stint on the reserve/non-football injury list is about to end. Peters suffered a stress fracture while working out before the Falcons' offseason training program started. "It was a little...
Off to the best start in team history, the Atlanta Falcons have tried not to make too much of their early accomplishments.Based on the way the Oakland Raiders have played this season, the Falcons appear to have a good chance to continue that success.Looking to remain the NFC's lone undefeated team, the Falcons can help coach Mike Smith match the franchise mark for victories while...
An Oakland Raiders training camp full of optimism and the promise of ball-hawking defensive backs giving the ball back to the offense has given way to a drought. With the starting cornerbacks out due to injury and an anemic pass rush, the makeshift secondary of the Raiders has yet to intercept its first pass through four games. “I wouldn’t have believed it,” cornerback...
When the Atlanta Falcons gather in the meeting room at the beginning of each week, they can always count on coach Mike Smith putting one thing on the board.
Smith has made that a priority during his five years as coach, and the Falcons are sure following his lead this season. Atlanta is 5-0 for the first time in franchise history and has a plus-10 edge in turnovers...
Jerry Jones is the owner of the Dallas Cowboys and since he owns ‘America’s team’, Jerry is ‘America’s owner’ as the boss of the franchise. However Jerry Jones is starting to become known as the new Al Davis of the NFL with seemingly too hands of an approach. The late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis was famous for having a successful football team that won three Super...
After suffering a mild concussion in Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons, it was unclear whether Robert Griffin III would be able to play in next week's game. He has been cleared to take the first step in getting that chance. Doctors have cleared him to practice today.
According to Rich Campbell of the Washington Times, Griffin has passed all the concussion tests...
Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith plans to make sure that his 5-0 squad stays grounded moving forward. Instead of basking in the glow of the NFC's shiniest record, Smith, unsolicited, rips off a list of things that need to be "fixed" on his team as it prepares to face the Oakland Raiders before heading into a bye week. Among the items were the run defense, the coverage...
Off to the best start in team history, the Atlanta Falcons have tried not to make too much of their early accomplishments.
Based on the way the Oakland Raiders have played this season, the Falcons appear to have a good chance to continue that success.
Looking to remain the NFC's lone undefeated team, the Falcons can help coach Mike Smith match the franchise mark for victories...
The Atlanta Falcons improved their record to 5-0 with a 24-17 comeback win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
The game featured some big performances by Falcons players. Tony Gonzalez caught 13 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown and Julio Jones hauled in 10 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown.
The biggest performance, though, and the hero of the game goes to quarterback Matt...